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Penfield Volunteer Deploying to Washington State

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

American Red Cross volunteer John Craft of Penfield will be deploying Monday to the Washington State to assist in the relief efforts as wildfires burn thousands of acres out west. Craft will work in Bulk Distribution, helping distribute relief supplies to people affected by this disaster.

Red Cross workers have shelters open in Washington and Oregon. As many as 200 people spent Thursday night in shelters in Washington, where FEMA reports indicate the fires have burned more than 270,000 acres and forced more than 1,000 people from their homes.

In Washington, the Red Cross is operating 24-hour evacuation shelters across the eastern end of the state to help people mandated to leave their homes. Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and help recovering from the fires. Power is available for people to charge computers and mobile devices. Facilities are also available for pets through Red Cross partners such as the Humane Society and local animal shelters.


HOW YOU CAN HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires. Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers provided temporary housing and food for a seven people after a fire on Wilkins Street in Rochester early this morning.