Red Cross Resources Drained By Fires

The following is a news release from the Grayson County Red Cross:

Red Cross Responds to “Bumper Crop” of Fires

An unwanted “bumper crop” of structure and wildfires during July and August is putting stress on Red Cross resources in the Texoma Area. Since mid-July, the local Red Cross chapter (which serves Cooke, Fannin and Grayson Counties) has responded to 15 house fires and 8 emergency responder canteen calls.

In the past, the local Red Cross considered working with one house-fire-displaced family per week a fairly heavy load.

“It’s no secret that drought conditions are producing in more wildfires than,” Sharon Watson, executive director of the Texoma Chapter said. “We are glad that we have the equipment and volunteers to help provide relief to our firefighters, but we could use some help.”

The Red Cross is appealing to the community to help it in its work. What is needed? (1) Volunteers to train and help on the canteen calls. (2) Monetary contributions to help the Red Cross assist victims of disaster and purchase canteen snack items. (3) One other item goes quickly—Gatorade. “We have used cases and cases of bottled Gatorade during this time,” Watson said. “The 20-oz bottles are the preferred replenishment selection because they are more portable than Gatorade in cups.”

To volunteer or donate to the local Red Cross, call 903-465-1330 or 940-665-4365. Contributions may be made on line at or by mail to Texoma Area Red Cross, P. O. Box 2167, Denison, TX.