Bill Earley outside the shelter where he plans to spend a week living.
Bill Earley outside the shelter where he plans to spend a week living.

The CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties plans to spend a week living in a mock disaster shelter to raise awareness of and funding for the agency’s work.

Bill Earley will be living in the metal shelter beginning Monday and continuing through next Sunday.

“The one real rule we have is that I will not go home throughout this campaign,” he said in a message to supporters. “It causes me to think about those who have gone through such an ordeal or are going through such a challenge currently.”

During the week the shelter will be transported to a number of locations across San Diego County, including Red Cross headquarters in Kearny Mesa, Petco Park, Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, Westfield Carlsbad, Chula Vista Fire Station #4, the San Diego County Fairgrounds and Kobey’s Swap Meet.

The Red Cross says it costs an average of $550 to help one family of three recover from a disaster, and the local agency responds to an average of six disasters every week.

Donations can be made online at https://www.crowdrise.com/shelterofhope.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.