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Local red cross chapter helps those displaced by flooding

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Jerry George has been a volunteer at the Aiken Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for 3 years.

"It keeps me active," George said with a smile. "My wife will tell you it keeps me out of the house a little bit too much."

George was one of the first to respond to an apartment fire that displaced 18 seniors and 2 children in Gloverville on Friday.

The fire at the Village at Horse Creek senior home wasn't large but it set off the sprinklers flooding the building.

"They did not know what to expect," George said. "They did not know who was going to do anything for them. They just knew they were out of their house."

No one was hurt and George, other American Red Cross volunteers, the Langley Fire Department and Aiken County EMA were able to help.

The Aiken Area Chapter serves 5 counties in South Carolina but the frequency of house fires in the entire state is alarming.

"35 counties out of South Carolina have a fire every 6 and a half hours," said Lindsey Findley, Executive Director of the Aiken Area Chapter. "That's why it's incredibly important for the public to know the American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of donors in the community."

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