Each year floods, fires, and other disasters leave families with nothing more than the clothes they have on.
The Red Cross responds to these disasters, and to families who have lost everything.
A new chapter for the Red Cross began in the Big Sandy region.
Thanks to help from the city of Prestonsburg, the Big Sandy Chapter of the Red Cross was able to open its new doors in a familiar place.
“I told them about this spot we had over here at the tourism building so I was able to let them have it rent free, we'd take care of the utilities,” Mayor Jerry Fannin said.
The mayor says he was happy to help since the Red Cross is always one to offer a helping hand.
“They're always there and we certainly are pleased that we can provide any kind of support that we can to help them out,” Johnson County Judge Executive Tucker Daniel said.
“The service and the help that is spontaneous, that just comes because that's what they're there for. to help the people in time of need,” Floyd County Judge Executive R.D. Marshall said.
“Our home burnt down when I was about 15 so I know what it is to have nothing but the clothes on your back. So this is really a good organization that needs to be helped. We need as many volunteers as we can possibly get,” Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward said.
Volunteers say they love what they do.
“I so much want to be a part of it, that's why I'm here today because I like the Red Cross, I like what they do and I want to be a part of it,” Emerson Varney said.
One way the Red Cross is giving back is to provide advanced training to health instructors in Floyd County Schools.
“They can go out to the schools in a timely fashion and in greater numbers and certify people in CPR and First Aid,” Jennifer Martin said.
The Big Sandy Chapter serves 7 counties in eastern KY.