Red Cross Disaster Action Team Helps Taylorsville Family after Fire
|August 13, 2009|
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ( Friday, August 14, 2009)— Today the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping a mom and two young children after they had a fire in their apartment in Taylorsville in the 4500 block of Bridgeside Drive. Red Cross volunteer Damon Talbot said, “We are helping them with food and baby supplies today. They were able to move into another unit in the same apartment complex.” The fire occurred at about 7:30 last night, and the family contacted the Red Cross for assistance today.
It has been a busy summer for disasters in Utah. During the past month, Red Cross local chapters responded to about 10 disasters, most of them home fires. Red Cross Chapters in Utah respond to about 200 incidents each year; some of them render multiple families homeless. Nationwide, the American Red Cross’s local chapters help victims of major and minor disasters by offering immediate comfort, which may include food, a warm place to stay, clothing and other life necessities. Volunteers give comfort kits to victims of fire, flood or other disasters. The kits include helpful items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and a toy for children.
Help people affected by disasters like this fire by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, or your local Chapter. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Learn more www.utahredcross.org.