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Long Beach Chapter Opens Shelter at Request of City of Carson

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need.
“All the volunteers who answered the call deserve a big pat on the back for taking care of our neighbors in need all throughout the night. I am grateful for each and every one!" - Margaret Arbini-Madonna, CEO Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters

The Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter in Carson which accommodated 38 people displaced from their homes by a police encounter on Monday, April 29. Officers chased a suspect from South Los Angeles to Grace Avenue in Carson, where the man who allegedly shot at officers barricaded himself in a home.

At the request of the City of Carson, neighbors were evacuated to the City of Carson Community Center and accommodated by the Red Cross during the standoff which started mid-afternoon. As hours went by the Red Cross provided dinner to those affected. And, the shelter remained open through the night to give exhausted residents a place to rest until the police were able to apprehend the person involved. The shelter closed at 7:00 AM Tuesday morning. Ten Red Cross volunteers from the area and Southwest Duty Officer Phil Barker helped organize the logistics.

"Phil did a great job getting everything started so quickly,” says Margaret Arbini-Madonna, CEO Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters. “All the volunteers who answered the call deserve a big pat on the back for taking care of our neighbors in need all throughout the night. I am grateful for each and every one!"