Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bringing Comfort to Family of Four after Fire

Local Chapter of the American Red Cross on the Scene

Bringing Comfort to Family of Four after Fire

Salt Lake City, UTAH ( Thursday, December 03, 2009)— This morning, the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping a family of four after a fire at their apartment in the 100 South block of Lincoln Street (900 East) in Salt Lake City. American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers are helping the father and three sons as needed with essential needs like clothing, food and shelter. The family woke up to the smell of smoke and escaped safely.

The American Red Cross in Utah responded to 114 incidents this past year, some of them rendering 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.

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