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Local Red Cross Responds to Sturtevant Family Needs

Racine, WI, March 9, 2012 – Early this morning a family of five found themselves displaced by a house fire in Sturtevant, WI. Not only did the fire department respond, the local Red Cross also sent trained disaster staff and volunteers to lend aid to the family affected.

“The wind is cold and whips through you, so you do not want to be standing outside for an extended period of time,” said Jamie Jenkins, Racine Red Cross volunteer. “That’s why we are dispatched to come-out and make sure the family, shaken-up by an event like this one, is receiving the basic needs and services the Red Cross has to offer,” commented Jamie. The Red Cross ensures they have the means necessary from warm clothing to protect them; food to eat; a roof over their head to a friendly shoulder to lean on.

All disaster assistance is free. It is a gift to the American people from the American people. To make a donation, please call 800-RED-CROSS, go online or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will be added to your next cellular phone bill.

Our main concern is to help the family feel safe and that their immediate needs are taken care of. “Nobody expects to lose their home from a fire. But when it happens, we want people to know the Red Cross stands ready to help our friends, families and neighbors in need,” commented Anne Tabbert, Community Office Director.

Join us during March-Red Cross month and get prepared! Learn the facts you need before, during and after a disaster or emergency situation occurs. 1) Get a kit. 2) Make a plan. 3) Be informed. As the nation’s preeminent preparedness and safety training organization, the American Red Cross developed emergency specific checklists using the latest research, science, best practices and expert opinion. You’re invited to the Racine office, 521 Taylor Ave, from 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd to learn more. Cost is free. Please RSVP to or call 262-554-9997 ext-11

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at"