Red Cross Saturday event to help south Augusta storm cleanup

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By Preston Sparks

South Carolina Bureau Chief

The American Red Cross’ Augusta chapter is still looking for volunteers in a storm debris cleanup event set for Saturday in Richmond County.

“The more, the merrier,” said Sarah Townsend. the director of public relations and development for the Red Cross’ Augusta office.

Ms. Townsend said her office already was getting a good response to the volunteer opportunity.

“We have been receiving a lot of inquiries from the public,” she said.

Red Cross officials initially said they were hoping for 50 to 75 volunteers to help Augusta residents who have asked for help in cleaning up debris. Destruction from a Good Friday storm that produced tornadoes was most evident in Augusuta in such areas as the Barton Chapel, Cherry Hill and Bungalow areas. Also hit hard were Burke County, and on the South Carolina side Beech Island and Petticoat Junction.

Ms. Townsend said today she knew of about 25 Augusta families needing help. She said the cleanup would last about four to five hours.

Anyone wanting to help is asked to show up at the Red Cross’ Augusta office at 1322 Ellis St. between 8 and 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes and bring safety gear, tools and work gloves.

For those unable to help clean up, the American Red Cross’ Augusta and Aiken chapters also are in need of monetary donations. In Aiken, donations can be made at 1314 Pine Log Road, by calling (803) 641-4152 or online at www.aikencountyredcross.org. The Augusta chapter can be reached at its office or by calling (706) 724-8481.


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