SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Red Cross needs help.
Over the past week, they have helped close to 12 hundred evacuees at the different shelters at a dozen fires across Utah.
But they also do more. They also feed and offer water to hundreds of firefighters that battle these wildfires.
To date, the Utah Red Cross hasn't asked for outside help yet, but now they’re asking for help now.
"We haven't been this hopping for a while,” says Maxine Margaritas who is the head of Utah’s Red Cross. “It ebbs and flows. You can't anticipate when disasters are going to happen.”
Red Cross seeks cash not supplies. Margaritas says supplies bogs down the efficiency of getting aid to shelters.
“So the best way for folks to help is to make a cash contribution to the American Red Cross disaster relief," she says.
And donations can be made through their website: www.utahredcross.org
Margaritas says that money will also help to buy more cots and blankets at emergency shelters. In addition, it will help train new volunteers because even those workers are running on empty.
“After a while these volunteers have been working steadily for a couple of weeks,” says Amy Laurel Hegy who is helping Utah’s Red Cross. “People are beginning to burn out a little bit.”