In just a 24-hour period, Red Cross volunteers throughout our region responded to three events, helping four families. The first response came yesterday when the call came in that a mother and her two children, ages 7 and 9, where forced from their Randolph, VT residence on the very day they were moving in. Fire devastated the home. Red Cross volunteers met with the family, providing financial assistance to help with food and clothing. Fortunately, they were able to make alternate, temporary housing arrangements.
This morning, word was received that a single adult and their child had been forced from their South Winooski Avenue apartment in Burlington, VT. Flood waters, combined with a sewage backup impacted the basement apartment, including disabling the apartment’s electricity. After meeting with Red Cross case workers, the parent and child received assistance with temporary lodging, as well as help with food and clothing.
Finally, this afternoon, members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team out of Caledonia County met with residents of a three unit apartment building on Lyndon Terrace in Lyndonville, VT. The residents of two of the units were in need of assistance, with both receiving financial aid to help with food and clothing and one also provided temporary lodging at an area motel.
The American Red Cross accomplishes its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. It is the combination of these inspiring forces that brings relief and hope to those devastated by disaster.
A vibrant volunteer corps helps the organization maintain its ability to provide timely and compassionate assistance to people across our region who have been impacted by disaster. To be a part of our group of dedicated volunteers, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided. To learn more about the American Red Cross volunteer experience, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/vt, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.