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Red Cross seeks new volunteers

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from American Red Cross
ROCK HILL – Are you still looking for a New Year’s resolution?
Consider becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross’s Upper Palmetto chapter.
The need for volunteers is great and the chapter is looking for additional volunteers to help in 2014.
A new volunteer orientation and disaster services class for those in Chester, York and Lancaster counties is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the chapter office, 200 Piedmont Blvd, Rock Hill.  
“We’re starting 2014 with asking people right here in our community to volunteer,” said Chris Simeral, volunteer manager with the Upper Palmetto Red Cross chapter.
“Ninety-eight percent of the work done by the Red Cross is done by volunteers.”
Simeral said anyone interested can visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross was able to help more than 4,500 individuals and 1,500 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region in 2013.
On average, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35 counties of South Carolina.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports active military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information on the American Red Cross, visit Redcross.org.