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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Shelter Open After Phoenix Apartment Fire

Chapter Opens Shelter for Phoenix Fire

PHOENIX (Oct. 7, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has served about 40 meals to dozens of people who were displaced Sunday when their Phoenix apartments caught fire.

Red Cross volunteers have provided breakfast and lunch, and they’ll provide dinner tonight at Metro Tech High School, at 1900 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix. The shelter, for residents of Willow Springs Apartments, at 4227 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix, has sleeping space for as many as 40 people. There also are showers, and the Red Cross is offering medical care and emotional support, with intentions to keep the shelter open until services are no longer needed – likely at least through Monday night.

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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.