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Recession, fires: double trouble for the Red Cross

Recession, fires: double trouble for the Red Cross

Recession, fires: double trouble for the Red Cross

In this Sept. 1, 2008 file photo, Edw...


NEW YORK — The worsening recession, coupled with a seasonal surge of house fires, has depleted the resources of many American Red Cross chapters as they struggle to meet rising demands at a time of dwindling donations.

Red Cross staff have been laid off in San Diego and Long Beach, California; in western Oregon; Minnesota's Twin Cities, Tampa, Florida, and elsewhere. Office hours have been cut back, salaries trimmed, training programs scrapped.


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