The Camden County American Red Cross was the recipient of new
stuffed animals that were collected by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary,
Unit 72, Brooklawn. These stuffed toys will be distributed by Red Cross Disaster
Services Volunteers to children of families who are displaced by fires and other
disasters in our county.
Cheryl Dolson, Vice-President of the Auxiliary and her sister Rusty O’Hara, Chairperson for Children and Youth delivered the large box of toys to the Camden County Red Cross Emergency Services Director Rick Paul and learned that Rick’s Grandfather, the late PHOTO (l) Rick Paul, Cheryl Dolson and (r) Rusty O’Hara
George Volz, was one of the Brooklawn Legion Post’s past Commanders. Rick had lived in Brooklawn as a child and still has family members there.
According to Red Cross Emergency Services Director, Rick Paul, “Having a new toy to hug is a great comfort to children who have experienced the traumatic loss of a home to a fire or flood, giving the children a sense of hope in a very bleak time in their young lives.” Paul added that “often even adults, especially the elderly, are comforted by receiving a stuffed animal to hold and hug after losing all their possessions.”
The toys will be placed in the Red Cross Chapter’s response vehicles to have on hand when volunteers are dispatched to help those affected by fires. For more information about how you can help or becoming a disaster services volunteer, please call Rick Paul at 856-365-7100, Ext. 222.