Monday, May 17, 2010

The Red Cross Helps 14 After 4-Unit Fire Providing shelter, food, clothing and now help finding a new home

Ogden, UTAH (Monday, May 17, 2010) — The American Red Cross is now helping 14 individuals in their efforts to find a new home after this weekend’s fire that damaged four units in Ogden. Of the 14 individuals displaced, five were children and one senior was displaced. The fire occurred at about 8 a.m. on Saturday May 15 at 3080 Eccles Avenue in Ogden. The Red Cross local disaster action team helped the families with a place to stay, meals and immediate essential clothing needs. Today the Red Cross is also helping these families locate a new place to live and the Red Cross can help them with first month’s rent as needed.

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.

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: Northern Utah Chapter/Ogden (801) 627-0000, Cache County Office/Logan (435)752-1125, Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter 801-323-7000, Mountain Valley Chapter/Provo (801) 373-8580. Visit and click “Across Utah.”

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