Claudette’s Story

Hope in a Difficult Situation

Claudette Akers

Client, American Red Cross, Tulsa Area Chapter

Claudette Akers went through a nightmare, not once, but twice.
In 2010, after back surgery and a debilitating car accident, Claudette’s house caught on fire. Her disabled husband was inside at the time. They were both able to escape unharmed, but the couple lost everything.

That’s when Claudette’s “angels” showed up – The American Red Cross.

“They were first on the scene and stayed until the fire was out,” said Claudette.

The Red Cross was able to secure a hotel room for the Akers, as well as a debit card and cash to cover immediate needs.

“They took care of us until insurance could take over.”

Then in January 2013 the unthinkable happened, their house was ablaze again. A family friend was the first to report the fire. Claudette pulled up to her home at the same time as The Red Cross.

“It was a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. But The Red Cross kept the nightmare from being so bad – I don’t think I would have survived without them.”

“They come in, very calm, very gentle. They make you feel better. They won’t let you get sidetracked by making you focus on details. They don’t let you become hysterical. They help you not dwell or concentrate on the fire. By the time I got around to thinking about what I lost, I was already thinking of what I had.”