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American Red Cross Tour of Duty

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – The American Red Cross -- It's an organization that comes to the rescue in our time of greatest need. Friday was a day of fun for the volunteers who work so hard for the cause. 

Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, boy scouts, and many other groups took part in the American Red Cross Tour of Duty at the North Charleston Convention Center. 

The event was sponsored by ABC News 4 and was emceed by our own Dean Stephens. 

Participants got a first-hand look at what it's like to stay in a real Red Cross shelter.  They also learned how to perform hands-only CPR, visited emergency-preparedness booths, and had the chance to donate blood.  

Volunteers also had the chance to write letters to troops overseas and were entered to win 2 free airline tickets, furnished by Southwest Airlines.  

Some Charleston County firemen competed in an agility competition—and even our own Good Morning Charleston anchor Tessa Spencer took on the tough obstacle course. 

"I respect firefighters now," Tessa said after completing the course. 

ABC News 4 asked Red Cross Regional CEO Louise Williams what this event was all about. 

"The American Red Cross is important to the community. We partner with others, like the Charleston firefighters, to get the needs of our community met," Williams said. "We work as a team with many partners. It's one big team working hard together for the community."

It was a day of both fun and information for community-conscious folks in the Lowcountry.

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