The local American Red Cross responded to five fires over the weekend, making this one of the busiest weekends for volunteers this year.
“Although early Spring is usually fairly busy for the Red Cross regarding local responses to residential fires, 5 responses in one weekend is unusually busy,” said Rick Schou, regional director of emergency services for the Red Cross.
When a family is affected by a natural disaster such as a fire, the Red Cross arrives on the scene almost immediately to provide comfort and care. Volunteers work with each family individually to determine their needs for food, shelter, clothing and other immediate assistance.
This weekend, three of the fires affected single-family homes. One of those families had eight children, one of whom was rushed to the hospital “for burning her toes,” her older sister told News Channel 36.
The other two fires each displaced three families. In all, Red Cross volunteers helped nine families – 32 individuals – after their homes were damaged or destroyed.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to our clients. You can help victims of disasters like this fire by making a contribution to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Click here for more information on how you can help.