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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The American Red Cross in Area I is turning the tables.

Long the provider of emergency assistance and help for area soldiers, the Red Cross is now looking for help of its own.

New director Sandy Chambers, who recently transferred to the post from Fort Gordon, Ga., is seeking as many volunteers as possible to help run the many programs offered by the Red Cross.

And they’re looking for all skill levels — from beginners to those who can train the volunteers.

“We’re looking for everything. We are looking for volunteers and for leadership volunteers, from publicity chairman to volunteer chairman,” Chambers said.

The challenge, she said, is finding people with spare time, since Area I has fewer spouses and civilians than other areas in South Korea.

“The other thing,” she said, “is that a lot of people don’t know what we do and don’t know that we have offices at many of the Area I camps.”

What the Red Cross does, she says, is much more than deliver the emergency messages soldiers get when someone from home has bad news. They provide everything from baby-sitting classes to CPR and lifesaving classes to health and safety training.

One of the most visible Red Cross programs in the United States does not happen overseas, officials said. Blood drives are generally run by medical commands overseas.

But they are prepared to offer disaster relief in the event a servicemember or civilian’s house burns down off post, for example.

But to offer those services, they need staff. Currently, Chambers and two others work out of the Camp Casey Red Cross office. She’ll take any volunteer who steps up, she said.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact the Camp Casey Red Cross at DSN 730-3184.

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