Ohio Red Cross workers headed to help victims of California wildfires

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COLUMBUS (WCMH)- American Red Cross workers and volunteers from central Ohio are being deployed to California to help victims of the devastating wildfires.

Todd James with the North Central Ohio chapter of the American Red Cross left Monday morning for Sacramento. 

“There is no more rewarding experience than what I think what we’re doing here,” said James.

He said the biggest need right now is giving the hundreds of thousands of people displaced a safe place to stay, food and water. 

“Many people won’t know for days or even weeks if they have a home to return to,” said James.

Pictures shared by the American Red Cross show many people were forced to evacuate with their families, pets and just a handful of belongings. James said donations from across the country help keep shelters running. He said there’s another way people in central Ohio can help.

“With the disaster’s that we’ve had over the last few months, the hurricanes, these massive wildfires, whenever something like that happens that means dozens, even hundreds of blood drives are canceled. So, we have to look at areas that are not affected to help make up those donations because that blood is still needed,” said James.

The American Red Cross said it supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply.

To learn how you can donate blood visit: www.redcrossblood.org

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