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Red Cross' Mid-South Chapter cuts staff

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The American Red Cross is there to help victims of fires, accidents, and natural disasters, but now its Mid-South Chapter is dealing with massive cuts.

Before the cuts, the Mid-South Chapter had 26 full-time employees, but it had to let go of nine of them, and reduce four others to part-timers.

It's the result of a difficult 15 moths.  In February of 2008, a tornado tore through Hickory Hill.  A few months later, another wiped out Earle, Arkansas.

In September, some three-thousand Hurricane Gustav evacuees came this way.

Then there was the big ice storm in Kentucky and Northwestern, Tennessee.

The Mid-South Chapter handled all of it.  Add in a suffering economy and decreased giving, and officials are left asking for more volunteers to step up.

"We need more volunteers in all our areas," said the Mid-South Chapter's Bob Hoguet. "We had to cut across all departments, so I need people to help me in our health and safety training programs. They might even want to become an instructor for us as a volunteer or in our financial development."

Hoguet said the Mid-South Chapter will restructure to concentrate on core services like disaster response, emergency preparedness training, and service to armed forces among others.

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