Red Cross to host free training class Monday

The American Red Cross, Southeast Arkansas Chapter will hold a free training class, “Disaster Services — An Overview,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Red Cross office in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.

The Southeast Arkansas Chapter assists in aid to disaster victims during their time of need. Currently volunteers are assigned to the East Coast assisting storm victims suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers and vehicles were deployed immediately following the call. The chapter joins in with work in all areas in the United States when needed.

This time of the year home and business fires are increasing. Fires and fire deaths increase in the winter months and the weeks around Thanksgiving. Red Cross volunteers are there to assist with shelter, food, medical help, as well as mental health support. Food and drinks are supplied to the firefighters and others helping to fight the fires. Red Cross responds to an average of four to five fires a day in Arkansas.

The chapter’s annual chili meal fundraiser, which will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., provides a way for the chapter to continue in its efforts to help those who need it most. The cost of the meal is $7 per ticket.

To learn about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, call 870-534-7213 and sign up for the free training class.