Red Cross aims to raise millions

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - As a part of it's National Day of Giving, The Red Cross is continuing its campaign to reach $100 million in fund-raising.

Volunteers are doing their part to raise money for the organization in hopes of replenishing the disaster relief fund.

Melissa Dearman and Jay Mary Billiot didn't know each other before they became Red Cross Volunteers; however, both women share the non-profits goal of helping the community.

"When people give, they are helping the Red Cross. But the Red Cross is turning around and giving back to the community," said Dearman.

For more than 100 years the Red Cross has committed nationwide to helping families when disasters strike.

"Just this year alone, Red Cross has responded to over 70 large scale disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and the ice storm up north. They have shelters up on that already," Dearman said.

Not only does the organization help with major natural disasters. It also aids families hit by what it calls silent disasters.

"Everyday there are house fires and Red Cross also helps them," said Dearman.

However, with that help, comes a hefty price tag. That's why Red Cross leaders are hoping people can spare a little cash in hopes of replenishing relief funds across the country.

Jay Mary Billiot knows first hand the promise of the Red Cross.

"I have been donating blood for quite a few years and after Katrina, I lost everything. So I thought, "okay I want to help others,'" said Billiot.

Both women have made it their mission to educate South Mississippians about the organization in hopes of bringing the Red Cross one step closer to its $100 million goal.

For more on the campaign, visit the Red Cross website.