Family Giving Back To Organization That Helped Them

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

A home explosion in July of 2006 rocked the lives of an Eastern Kentucky family taking their home and security. Now the family is now giving back to the organization that helped them.

The Wolford home in Pike County was destroyed in July of 2006 after the family says gas built up in a well and caused an explosion underground.

"You don't know where you're at, you don't know what you're going to do. You're wondering what you've lost, what you've got, how you're going to get back what you've lost," said Dennis Wolford.

Wolford says the Red Cross showed up to his home to help his family in their time of crisis.

"They made sure we had something to eat, they made sure that we had some place to stay. It's that kind of support, both physical needs and emotional needs that you realize people need," Wolford said.

Robyn Tackett is the Disaster Preparedness Director for the Big Sandy Red Cross and she says the day she showed up to the destroyed Wolford home, Dennis told her he wanted to help others too.

"I said I want to be a part of that. I want to be able to give back something that was given to me because you don't know what it's like unless you've been there," Wolford said.

Tackett says they are always in need of volunteers.

"Red Cross has about 300 volunteer positions that we can fill on everyday basis that are even smaller than going out house to house," Tackett said.

Wolford says he will be on the disaster assistance team and help families like his.

March is Red Cross Awareness Month and for more information on how you can volunteer where you live, call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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