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Helping Numerous Fire Victims has Local Red Cross Searching for Heroes

<font size=2> <P>It's been a busy year for the local chapter of the American Red Cross because of all the house fires over the past few weeks.</P> <P>Since January, the non-profit organization has helped more than a dozen fire victims.</P> <P>And as Mechell Dixon reports, all of the assistance is burning through the organization's bank account.</P></font>

The second month of the year is almost over and the local red cross chapter has already spent several thousand dollars helping house fire victims, which is putting a serious strain on the organization's finances.

So, officials are looking for area heroes to give the red cross a financial helping hand.

When flames force families out of their homes American Red Cross volunteers load up so they can head out to help fire victims with food, clothes and shelter.

"We pretty much go from one disaster to the next and we've really been slammed with disasters this year," says Katrina Farmer, executive director of the North Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Disasters that include a January 2nd house fire that left a family of six homeless.

One month later, dozens of tenants ran for their lives after flames erupted at French Quarter Apartments.

And, just last week a fire destroys everything in this Henrietta home where a family of seven lived.

Red Cross officials say the disasters are taking a disastrous toll on their funding.

"We're there supporting the clients and supporting the victims of fires in your community. So, we're out there helping people is why we're broke," says Farmer.

But a new fundraiser is expected to help the organization generate some much needed dollars.

It's called the Heroes Campaign, and it will allow each donor to contribute $1,000 dollars to the Red Cross.

"You can write us a $1,000 check if you want or you can ask all your friends for $10 a piece or you can have a lemonade stand or car wash... any way that you want to bring in that $1,000," explains Farmer.

Money that will help victims continue living for the future.

The Red Cross' Heroes campaign gets underway in March, which is American Red Cross Month.

To register for the Heroes fundraiser for the North Central Chapter of the American Red Cross, click the following link: 
http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=heroes12_getstarted



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