Thursday, September 3, 2009

The American Red Cross Helps Family of 8 in Orem
After House Fire

Orem, UTAH (September 3, 2009) The Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping a family of eight after a house fire today. Chapter Executive Garr Judd said, “We are helping the family with shelter, food, clothing and eye glasses. The home was totally destroyed.” The fire occurred in the 100 block of 350 East in Orem. The family has children ranging in age from 9 to 21. No one was injured and even the dog and guinea pig made it out of the fire safely.
Help individuals affected by disasters like this fire by donating to the American Red Cross Mountain Valley Chapter. Donations can be made by calling 801-373-8580, visiting, or by mailing to 865 North Freedom Blvd, Provo 84604. 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.

Red Cross Chapters in Utah respond to up to 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.

About the American Red Cross in Utah: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; supplies blood to 30 area hospitals; and supports military members and their families. The organization also provides emergency utility assistance and international family tracing services. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization, not a government funded agency, which depends entirely upon volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Donate your time or resources to your local Red Cross: Mountain Valley Chapter/Provo (801) 373-8580, Northern Utah Chapter/Ogden (801) 627-0000, Cache Valley Area/Logan (435)752-1125, Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter 801-323-7000. Visit click on “Across Utah

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