Residents are continually urged to give the gift of life by giving blood, but the head of the local American Red Cross chapter reminds there are other aspects to the agency.  Robin Summers, Executive Director with the Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, says fire relief is one of their most requested services.


Once the Red Cross is asked to get involved, they do an interview with the family to determine their immediate needs.


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She says in the current fiscal year, which began July 1 of last year, they have responded to about 41 fires across Madison, St. Clair, Jersey and Bond County, helping 135 people.  To learn how you can make a difference, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.