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2/15/06-Tyler

American Red Cross Thanks Its Donors

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Smith County American Red Cross sheltered more than 4,000 evacuees, and the community donated $1.1 million in relief. Today, those donors and Red Cross volunteers were thanked at a luncheon in Tyler. Speakers talked about the relief effort and how the Red Cross provides food, clothes and shelter for victims of disasters. It's because of those services, donors say they give every year.

"It's the Christian thing to do," said Bud Frye, American Red Cross Donor. "When disasters happen people are in dire straights and they need everything and we're unaffected. If we have something we have to give I mean if you're a Christian you have to do that." Another interesting statistic, during the hurricanes, the Smith County American Red Cross trained 37,000 volunteers. Only three volunteers remain, which means the Red Cross needs volunteers for the next disaster.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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