Thursday, May 6, 2010

Red Cross Offers Assistance to West Valley Family after Fatal Fire Kills Young Child


Salt Lake City, Utah (Thursday, May 06, 2010) The American Red Cross remains in communication with the family affected by the fatal fire in West Valley City yesterday evening and has offered help with trauma counseling if desired. The family has a place to stay and the Red Cross assisted them with expenses for food. If the family realizes they need additional support with shelter, clothing or other immediate essential needs in the coming days, the Red Cross will be able to provide those services to them.

Disaster Action Team volunteer Kelly Hess worked with the family last night and said, "They are understandably shaken by the loss of their young child. They have a strong network of friends and family caring for them and helping them. Right now, they are dealing with a tragic loss. We'll be here for them and follow up to ensure their immediate essential needs are met. If they need additional support today we will be able to help them."


About the American Red Cross, Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides 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 the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross by calling 801-323-7000 or visit www.utahredcross.org.