A new American Red Cross office has opened in Swansea.
The American Red Cross Southern Illinois Office at 2805 N. Illinois St. opened June 19 and replaced the former facility on Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights.
"I don't know what we'd do without the Red Cross," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Wednesday when he stopped by the facility. He met community leaders, volunteers and Red Cross workers.
The new location is on Illinois 159 adjacent to Rural King and has "a lot more visibility," according to Sandy Vaughn, of the American Red Cross.
In addition, the Fairview Heights office was larger than the American Red Cross needed to house the six employees and provide disaster relief services and CPR training, Vaughn said.
Other community leaders were at the American Red Cross Wednesday, including State Sen. James Clayborne II, D-Belleville, Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, Swansea Village President Ken Mueller and Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour.
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