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Red Cross Looking For a New Home
Thursday, 06 August 2009

August 6--  The Red Cross office serving Toombs and Montgomery Counties is looking for a new home.

Toombs County commissioners have been told their longtime practice of providing rent-free space to non-profit community service organizations is illegal.  At the same time, the commission is looking for space to relieve overcrowding in the courthouse.

Those two factors have local Red Cross rep Donna Lee scrambling for space.

"Right now one of the reasons we can provide the level of service we do is because we don't have to pay rent," she says.

According to Lee, if she can't find rent-free or low cost space, it could mean the loss of her position in the local area and greater response times in event of emergencies from the district Red Cross office in Statesboro.

She is appealing to anyone who can provide a small office space and an area for secure storage of emergency supplies.  "It doesn't take anything flashy.  Just something that is secure and pratical," she says.

Two other local agencies, Toombs Family Intervention Center and Habitat for Humanity, are expected to share the same fate as the Red Cross when the Commissioners vote on the issue at their August meeting.

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