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Red Cross Assists Pontiac Family After Fire Destroys Apartment

The American Red Cross of the Heartland provided emergency assistance to a Pontiac family of 2 after a fire destroyed their apartment unit on Sunday, March 3.

The fire occurred at 403 E. Howard Street in Pontiac, IL. Local American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers provided emergency financial assistance to the displaced family for food, clothing, shoes, and several nights at a hotel.

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 or by calling 309-662-0500.

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 or join our blog at