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Red Cross supports Boy Scout Jamboree

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The 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree is in the history books.    The American Red Cross released a press release Thursday afternoon, talking about its support of the event.

According to the release, the Red Cross operation involved bulk distribution of more than 100,000 bottles of water to more than 200 unique sites and county meeting points in six southern West Virginia counties where 40,000 Boy Scouts performed 300,000 hours of service for five days.

According to the Red Cross, there were more than 70 Red Cross workers, including staff and volunteers, who helped in the operation of logging more than 1200 hours of service.   Three emergency response vehicles from West Virginia and three from Virginia as well as ten other vehicles supported the operation.

Red Cross workers delivered water to scouts, AmeriCorps volunteers and community members to ensure everyone stayed hydrated.   The Red Cross said the effort was made possible through the generous support of partners such as Sheetz of Beckley, which provided lunch to Red Cross workers for seven days and Kohl's, who provided employees to help support water distribution.

The release said the Church of God Family Worship Center graciously provided a location for the Red Cross headquarters and shelter. 

"It has been our privilege to participate in this great event with our community partners and the Boy Scouts.  Our work is successful because our volunteers are dedicated to the Red Cross and to our community." said Erica Mani, CEO of the American Red Cross WV Region.  The Red Cross always needs additional volunteer support.  To get involved, visit