Red Cross volunteers met on Beacon Hill

BOSTON (WWLP) – The American Red Cross of Massachusetts provides around the clock assistance for fire victims, and that’s not all they do. They’re there for us in times of major catastrophe like hurricanes, blizzards, floods and tornadoes. The organization also teaches lifesaving skills like water safety, CPR and first aid. The Red Cross in the Pioneer Valley said their main goal is to lend a helping hand.

“We’re in short, just trying to help keep our communities prepared and I think the big mantra for Red Cross moving forward now in this day and age is getting our communities to be more resilient in the wake of a disaster,” said Rick Lee of the Red Cross in the Pioneer Valley.

Volunteers make up 95% of the American Red Cross. In Massachusetts, they responded to nearly 700 emergencies last year alone and they do it just to help.

“We think in terms of the community. For me, it feels good to give something back,” said Tim Van Cleef, a Red Cross volunteer.

Last year, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts trained more than 130,000 people in lifesaving skills like CPR so that they can better assist their community.

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