SAN ANTONIO –The San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross reports more than 2,000 San Antonio residents required disaster-related help, including food, clothing, shelter and support, after fires gutted their homes and apartments.
Now the Red Cross is turning another color—yellow—to help give disaster victims a ride.
Red Cross CEO Michael Bennett said, “If they don’t have transportation to get to the hotel where we are going to put them up or to a store where they need to go shopping because of what they lost, our friends at Yellow Cab are going to help them by taking them there, free of charge.”
The idea began as a conversation over lunch at the Rotary Club: One out of ten fire victims doesn’t have a ride.
The Red Cross’ fleet isn’t designed or insured to provide them with transportation. But Yellow Cab is, and has pledged access to its 500-vehicle fleet.
San Antonio’s Yellow Cab president, John Bouloubasis, said, “We have the ability to take some information and dispatch a cab immediately to the requested address.”
This isn’t Yellow Cab’s only partnership. Last year, the taxi company teamed-up with San Antonio police to provide an extra set of eyes as cabbies make their runs, 24 hours a day.
But cabbies said this time it isn’t about helping capture bad guys—it’s a program about being a “good guy” for those in need.
Cab driver Mark Hill said, “We deal with folks who are not able to do their own transportation. They are dependent on us to provide that transportation. I’m always there to help.”