Melody Barnett and her son, Chris Tiese, are staying at the American Red Cross evacuation shelter at the Weed Community Center because they were evacuated from their home in Yreka.
Barnett said she did not know how she was going to get out of the massive McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County.
“Everyone in my building was evacuating, and then there was a loud banging on my door,” she said.
Luckily for Barnett, the maintenance man in her community came to her rescue and took her to the Red Cross shelter.
“The American Red Cross is so great,” Barnett said, nearly in tears. “Every single one of you are so caring.”
Those caregivers are volunteers. There are thousands of them across the United States who give their time and talent to help those in need.
If you would like to become a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteer.