Community Partners in Action

by Cindy Huge, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer

Dwayne Levingston has been serving with the Victims Chaplain Association for the past 10 years. One of the many hats he wears is to provide a portable shower unit to residents affected by disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes.  

When Victims Chaplain Association received word from the local Red Cross that their shower unit was needed due to the number of people being evacuated for the French Fire, within hours, Levingston had attached it to his large truck and brought it up to the mountain area of Lake Isabella. 

“It makes me feel great to put smiles on peoples face when they see the showers arrive. The residents are grateful for the ability to take a warm shower,” said Livingston.  

One shelter resident emerged from the shower unit declaring “It never felt so good to take a shower!” 

The American Red Cross is grateful for the partnership with Victims Chaplain Association. “Their service to those who are in need has been valuable to our organization and the community,” stated Megin Hughes, Disaster Program Manager for the Kern Chapter of the Red Cross. 

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, and our volunteers are always ready to help those in need. If you want to help support our mission, make a financial donation, sign up to volunteer or schedule a blood donation by visiting

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