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Red Cross moves to new office

By Sonny Long
May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.

Linda May, the emergency services director for the Red Cross, sits at her desk at the new office location at 1501 E. Red River St. in Victoria.

IF YOU GO

• WHO: Crossroads Chapter, American Red Cross

• WHAT: Open house

• WHEN: 4-6 p.m. Thursday

• WHERE: 1501 E. Red River St., Suite A-1

• INFORMATION: Call 361-573-2671

The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross is on the move.

This time, it's not in response to a natural disaster or a family in need.

The offices of the Victoria-based nonprofit agency have relocated, moving from the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center complex on Navarro Street to 1501 E. Red River St., Suite A-1.

To celebrate its new location, the nonprofit invites the public to an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The office is staffed by emergency services director Linda May and volunteers.

"We are up and running," said May, who joined the Red Cross full time in 2005 after being a volunteer for a number of years. "People will have to get used to coming to our new location."

The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1917. It serves Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson and Lavaca counties, according to the chapter's website.

The office responds to an average of 55 to 60 fires a year to assist the families, May said.

The Crossroads Chapter also assists with about 75 cases a year contacting members of the military who need to come home for a variety of reasons.

"We could always use more volunteers. Volunteers are vital to us," May said.

The Red Cross also attends area health fairs, military-related observances in the area like Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs and is an active participant in Warrior's Weekend.

To learn more about the Red Cross or volunteer opportunities, attend Thursday's open house or call 361-573-2671.

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