When you think of the American Red Cross, you probably think of blood donations, first-aid and CPR. However The Red Cross also provides disaster relief for those whose homes have been damaged by fires, floods, tornadoes, or other natural disasters.
When Kathy Mander's ceiling fan caused her house to catch fire, she didn't know where to turn to receive immediate help.
Someone contacted the Barren County Chapter of the American Red Cross to help the family.
"They put us up in a motel room - got us some vouchers to get clothes, all that day," Mander said.
The Red Cross also helps military families communicate with their loved ones.
Dina Meyers learned that first hand when she needed to get a message to her husband who was at Fort Campbell preparing to be deployed overseas.
"Without the Red Cross, we would not have been able to reach my husband in that situation," Meyers said.
Now the Barren County Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking the community for help in it's heroes campaign.
"Just like having all the supplies in your house to be prepared if a disaster happens you have to have the money on hand to help out," said Stacy Janes, with the Barren County Chapter.
The chapter is recruiting the citizens of Barren County to be heroes and help it raise money.
"They can have a bake sale, they can sell raffle tickets, have rib-eye sandwich sales - anyway they want to they can help raise the money," Janes said.
Those with the Barren County Red Cross wants to have the money on hand so people can receive immediate assistance in case disaster strikes.
"If you need our help, we'll be there for you, but we have to have your help in order to do it," Janes said.
As for Mander, she said if the American Red Cross didn't hear about the fire in her home, she's not sure what her family would have done.
"To be honest we probably would have been in a lot of trouble. We didn't receive any help from our insurance company for a couple of weeks - we wouldn't have had a place to go," Mander said.
The Barren County Red Cross' Campaign runs through May 11, 2007. So far $1,300 has been raised.
On going donations: