Special to the News-Standard
TRINITY — Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in local communities. This past month local teams responded to our own needs in Trinity County.
A home was fully destroyed and two pets were killed when a fire broke out in the afternoon of New Year’s Day at Hester Lane and Trinlady Road.
The house owned by Trinity County Deputy Constable Tom Hester was a total loss. Two pets perished in the fire.
The Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser for the Hester family from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the station, 201 S. Elm St.
Pulled pork or brisket sandwiches, a bag of chips, a drink and a cookie are available for $10.
To offer donations to the fundraiser or to volunteer, contact Sheran Casey or Flo Cleburn.
Home fires make up the vast majority of the disaster responses for the American Red Cross with the volunteers responding to an average of seven fires a day within the Texas Gulf Coast Region. In December, one such family in Trinity experienced the compassion that comes from Red Cross volunteers responding in their time of need providing hope and help.
Local Disaster Program Manager, Jeff Burns, had this to say about the Deep East Disaster Volunteer Team, “Our local volunteer team is made up of some of the most caring and committed people in our community. I am grateful to work alongside this amazing group as they provide hope and help during times of emergency.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.