Story by Autum Mihm
Catherine Brown-Swain, local business owner in the Black Forest area, was fortunate enough to have a home not affected by the wildfire but her neighbors weren’t so lucky. She and her husband rushed immediately to the aid of their neighbors who were in need of assistance.
“We the got the neighbors horses out of the evacuation zone since they were on vacation in Hawaii,” said Brown-Swain. “We had the trailers and the means to get them out so we went right over.”
Brown-Swain visited the Red Cross distribution site at Black Forest Square where other residents who were affected by the fire were sharing their stories and collecting supplies. She was in tears as she spoke to fellow neighbors and Red Cross volunteers, recounting the trauma and sadness of this last week’s events. Although saddened by the events over the past few weeks, Brown-Swain was happy she was able to help her neighbors save their horses.
The Red Cross distribution center offered cleanup supplies and refreshments along with emotional support and resource referrals. It’s important to take care of your emotional health during a disaster and the Red Cross is here to help whether you need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Red Cross aid sites will be set up throughout the affected areas as long as help is needed.