Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A Kansas volunteer has arrived in Colorado to help families displaced by raging wildfires.
Leon Shaw, from Parsons, left Wichita’s Mid-Continent airport Wednesday morning. He is one of four American Red Cross volunteers from Kansas that have been sent to the area as part of a larger operation.
James Williams, Red Cross spokesman, said recent natural disasters have stretched the agency’s resources.
“Right now we have the Colorado wildfires,” Williams said. “There’s flooding in Florida and a nationwide shortage of blood. This is a busy summer.”
Western Kansas volunteers will leave from Garden City Thursday morning to help distribute food, snacks and water to families and volunteers.
An emergency response vehicle and volunteers will also leave from Salina Thursday morning, while others will depart from Wichita later in the afternoon.
The Red Cross already has 22 shelters open across the county, many of them in response to Colorado wildfires.
For more information on how you can help the fire victims,