Red Cross Schedules More Volunteer Training for Today

Red Cross Schedules More Volunteer Training for Today


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Sammy Linebaugh reportingA number of people want to donate their time to the hurricane evacuees in Utah. So much so that they took the Red Cross by surprise.

Utahns packed the Sheraton Hotel Monday for Red Cross training, and today that training continues.

More training classes have been scheduled for 10am, noon and 6pm today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake. They are two-hour sessions, and you are asked to bring photo identification.

Be aware that you may face a bit of a line. Yesterday, hundreds of people spent much of their Labor Day holiday waiting in line to go through the training session so they can be put on the Red Cross call list.

If called, you could be asked to do any number of things, from serve meals and talk with victims, to clean the facilities at Camp Williams. Many who made the effort yesterday say they just wanted to do something.

Kaleynn Wright: "We talked to each other about it, 'What can we do?' The last couple of days we'd talked about it and so when I saw it last night, I called her this morning and said we've got to go! We've got to do the training."

Paul Ahlstrom: "You can only watch on tv for so long before you feel like you need to do something. When we heard some of the hurricane victims were coming to Utah, we were excited to help out."

Paul Ahlstrom says his kids also wanted to help out. They are all under 14 though, so they've devised a little plan. They're going to make hygeine kits to be delivered to Camp Williams. So many families, not just adults, looking for some way to make a difference for those victims who have come here to Utah.

Again, the first training session this morning gets underway at 10:00, then noon, then 6pm.

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