Recent fires put strain on Red Cross

200 golfers raised money for the Red Cross Monday

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 200 golfers teed off at the Springfield Country Club in West Springfield Monday for the 21st annual Pioneer Valley Red Cross Golf Tournament and cookout.

Pioneer Valley Red Cross Board Chairwoman Sarah Corrigan told 22News it’s been a very busy fire season for the American Red Cross.

She said they pride themselves on always being there when you need them, and that it costs a lot to be ready and provide services.

Corrigan told 22News the Red Cross provided services for more than 100 people in the past week, including 80 who lost their homes and everything they owned in a massive apartment block fire in Holyoke.

“The victims of the fires needed food.  They needed clothing.  We set up a shelter.  All of that costs money.  And so it is really important that people continue to think of us. It’s not just when the fire’s happening.  It’s to be ready for the fire.” Corrigan said.

She told 22News the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers and cash donations. You can contact the Red Cross on their website RedCross.org.

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