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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:30 am

The American Red Cross Heart of Texas Chapter has been serving the community since 1916. Every day, volunteers provide hope and comfort to neighbors in crisis.

The American Red Cross belongs to the American people, and its strength depends on the support it receives from donations and United Way funds.

“We need your time, talent and treasure to perform our very important work,” said Robert Roberts, disaster program specialist for the Heart of Texas chapter of the American Red Cross.

Roberts said it receives between $9,000 and $10,000 from the United Way every year and about 1 percent of its annual $1 million budget comes from United Way funds.

“The money we get from United Way, even though it’s not a large amount, helps us fund our case work,” he said.

Roberts said the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

“Our supporters, volunteers and employees provide compassionate care in five critical areas: People affected by disasters like fires and flooding; support for members of the military and their families; blood collection, processing and distribution; health and safety education and training; international relief and development,” he said.

“Our goal is to be on the scene and offering assistance within two hours.”

For more information on the Heart of Texas Area Chapter, call 254-200-4400. They are at 208 W. Avenue A in Killeen.

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