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Clark Family Touched by the American Red Cross
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Red Cross
August 27, 2008

This past weekend, the Clark Family joined race fans at the Sharon Speedway Race in Hartford, Ohio. The Clarks are a typical NASCAR family.They have a strong work ethic and an even stronger commitment to family, faith and their country.The Clarks are also one of the millions of families served by the American Red Cross.

Clark Family Touched by the American Red Cross
 Clark family from left to right: Chastity, mother; Madison, 5-years-old; Allison 9-years-old; Eric, father; Kyle, 3-years-old; Harlan, grandfather

In 1985, Chastity Clark's family was assisted by the Trumbull County Chapter of the Red Cross (Ohio) after her neighborhood was struck by a tornado.

In 1995, the Red Cross delivered a message to Army soldier Eric Clark, stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, alerting him his grandfather needed triple bypass heart surgery, news that spurred Eric to return home.According to Eric, "It was a pretty emotional day.He had no idea I was coming home and when I got off the elevator and he saw me, he just started crying. We still talk about it every once and a while and he still gets chocked up."

Just a few weeks ago, the Red Cross touched the Clarks again after their house caught fire in the middle of the night.Chastity recalls, "I was at work down the street and it was about 2:30 in the morning when I saw the fire trucks headed to my house.I ran because I thought my kids were in there.I was so relieved when I saw that Eric and our kids were safe." According to Chastity, "We had lost everything and are relieved the Red Cross helped us. We're grateful for the people who donate to the Red Cross. Without them, my kids wouldn't have had a place to sleep at night."

The morning their house caught fire, the Red Cross reached out to the Clarks, providing them with a place to stay, food and an $835 voucher to replace their clothing and linens.It will take about three months to repair their fire ravaged home.In the meantime, they will remain in a temporary housing while their home is repaired.

"My family greatly appreciates everything the Red Cross has done for us, from the bottom of our hearts. I don't honestly think words could describe how thankful we are,"; said Eric."At first when this happened, I didn't know what to do. Then the Red Cross comes in and says we're going to help you with this.You don't see people who do that everyday.I was really humbled."

The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters each year from hurricanes to floods and house fires, providing lifesaving services to families just like the Clarks every day.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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