Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Red Cross Helps 2 Families After Fatal Fire

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Wednesday, January 20, 2010)— The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping two families due to the apartment fire today at 236 East and 3560 South in Salt Lake City. One family is made up of two adults and two children. They are moving to another unit in the same building. The Red Cross will help them with food, clothing and cots. The Red Cross will also help the other family, the mother of the son who perished in the fire and her other son, with lodging and any other immediate essential needs they have, including counseling if desired. A Red Cross mental health team is on the way to offer help to the mother and her son at this time.

Red Cross Chapters in Utah responded to 114 disasters last 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, emotional support 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.

How you can help:

Help people affected by disasters like this fire by donating to 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

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