Red Cross Seeing a Decline In Monetary Donations To Local Chapters

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- When you hear "Red Cross"--you usually think blood donations, but many times they are the first to respond after a disaster; however,  a slowing economy is also having an affect on those who do so much to help others.

"We're seeing a slight decrease in monetary donations, and with the American Red Cross that's mainly what we depend on, said Pam Knapp-Carver.

Carver is the Executive Director for the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

They depend on money, and often times those in need depend on them.

The American Red Cross usually takes center stage during disasters, providing food, water, shelter and often times hope.

"When we don't have the natural disasters going on, we always have the silent disasters which most people don't hear about," said Carver.

Carver says a house fire is just as devastating for a family as losing everything in a flood, for example.

And even if they help just one family, it takes money to get them back on their feet.

Money is needed all of the time, not just when natural disasters are in the spotlight.

While the Midwest floods aren't really affecting the financial status of Northeast Arkansas' chapter, they are providing assistance to local chapters in the Midwest, knowing they will do the same for us when needed.

"You know, it's one Red Cross, and no matter where you are in the United States we're there," said Carver.

During these sluggish economic times, money for donating simply may not be in the budget, but Pam says there's something else those who want to help can offer, that you can't put a price tag on.

"Those volunteers are money because without them those disaster operations would cost a whole lot more," said Carver.

To learn more about how you can help the American red cross call (870) 932-3212.