North Augusta, S.C., May, 15, 2013 – The local American Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance to three families who were affected by a multiple-unit apartment fire in North Augusta Wednesday evening. Four children and five adults were provided temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and clothing and blankets and toiletries. The Red Cross also provided referrals to partner agencies to assist with long-term recovery efforts.
“Our hearts go out to those families who were affected by this fire,” said Lindsay Findley, executive director, American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter. “It is through our volunteers and our financial donors that we are able to be there for our community when it needs us most.”
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2012, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 1,472 families and 4,794 individuals affected by disasters.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter, 1314 Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803 or by calling (803) 641-4152.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/Aiken-Area or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.