No matter the time of day or night, the Red Cross is there to help people affected by local home fires and other disasters, offering emotional support, essential relief items, and emergency sheltering and financial assistance.
February 16, 2013, was no exception, when our volunteers and staff responded to an apartment fire on Treasure Island that left 14 adults and 13 children without a place to stay and tragically killed a 10-year-old girl. We continue to work with the people affected by this fire to help them rebuild their lives.
In recognition for our work, the Good Neighbors of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island sent the Red Cross Bay Area Chapter a certificate of appreciation.
A letter included with the certificate thanks the first responders and heroes for their efforts:
“We want to show you just how appreciative and proud we are of all of you, even if this is a small token, it comes from a place of sincerest gratitude and respect.”
Our hearts go out to the people who continue to be affected by this tragedy.
The Bay Area Chapter responds to about 15 home fires each week by assisting individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money. The best way to help those affected by disasters is through a financial donation (http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-francisco/ways-to-donate) to the American Red Cross. Donations of money help tailor disaster relief to the needs of victims and restore the economic vitality of disaster-affected communities.
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.