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Red Cross Assists Decatur Family After Home Fire

The Mid-Illinois Chapter responded to a home fire in Decatur yesterday evening and provided emergency assistance to the displaced family of five.

The American Red Cross Mid-Illinois Chapter responded to a home fire in Decatur yesterday evening and provided emergency assistance to the displaced family of five.

The fire occurred around 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at 1255 Brookfield Dr., Decatur. American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers provided the family with emergency financial assistance for food, clothing, and shelter. One of the individuals also received assistance for medication.

Additionally, the Mid-Illinois Chapter was asked to provide canteen services at the scene of a separate fire in Long Creek (Macon County) around 12 a.m. on Friday, May 10. Local Red Cross volunteers gave out snacks and drinks to three fire departments that were battling a fire.

The community can help those affected by future disasters by volunteering with the American Red Cross and/or making a contribution to American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The best way to help those affected by disasters is through a financial donation 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. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters.

Contributions can be made by visiting redcross.org/midillinois or calling 217-428-7758. 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.

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.