It's been a tough 2011 so far for the American Red Cross.
Because of the winter weather, warming shelters were activated in two communities in West Texas. On top of that, 16 fires have swept through the Permian Basin. The Red Cross has been there for each and every one to help those families through their darkest hour.
James Parks, Director of Emergency for the American Red Cross in Southwest Texas, says their funds are draining and need help from the community to make sure victims of a disaster get the proper assistance they need.
"It's just imperative that the American Red Cross have volunteers and that we have monetary donations," said Parks. "We have had a lot of activity over the last 2 months. 16 fires, over 45 disaster clients and that's gonna continue. The fires and disasters will happen."
The Red Cross depends on charitable donations from the community to carry out their mission.
"If you're out there in your living room or driving your car listening or watching this, Red Cross is a great cause, and it does a lot of good things", said Parks. "We would like for someone or some group to get behind us for monetary support."