American Red Cross Tour of Duty

      (Dave Macqueen/WCIV)

      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 competitionand 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.