The Red Cross has been a lighthouse for the victims of this past weekend's fire. They have plenty of donations and supplies, but the volunteers are overworked and stretched thin. This candle of hope is being burned at both ends.
"Your having to come up with two sets of volunteers that can go to two different cities," said Red Cross Director of Financial Development Britney Mann. "And you also have to take both of your vehicles to different cities to try to feed and hydrate the emergency responders we were definitely stretched really thin."
This past weekend, weather produced two devastating fires. The Red Cross arrived on both scenes immediately ready to serve.
"Initial response was fantastic because we got some great volunteers that are always on hold that answer the bell when its rung," said Red Cross Director of Emergency Response James Parks.
Now the focus of the volunteers has shifted from feeding and hydrating the emergency crews to finding and helping all of the families affected by the fires.
"Today we went in our emergency vehicle and we went street by street to the affected area and helped people that didn't come into the shelter and helped them get set up for a couple of days." said volunteer Cat Smith.
The best way to help the displaced families is with money. The Red Cross is doing a lot of fundraising. They have been sending hundreds of letters and making making calls. On Monday, volunteers stood outside of Walmarts in Odessa and Midland and collected donations from people driving by.