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Red Cross Helping 12 People After Central City Fire

Any disaster of any size is devastating to the families involved.

NEW ORLEANS, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 12 people from three families after an early morning fire in New Orleans’ Central City in the 2000 block of First Street.

Red Cross volunteers responded about 5 a.m. and immediately began assisting thedisplaced families. The volunteer team spent the morning talking with residents, handing out blankets, stuffed animals to the children and providing assistance for emergency shelter, food and clothing.

Red Cross volunteers also provided canteen services to those residents, New Orleans firefighters and other first responders who were on the scene of the multi-structure fire. The volunteers gave out a variety of snacks, coffee, hot cocoa and other beverages.

“On one of the coldest days we’ve seen in years, this fire could have been tragic,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “However, any disaster of any size is devastating to the families involved, and when you’re left homeless and it’s cold, it can be very traumatizing. We are very glad we have volunteers who are willing to get out of their warm beds and help people with emergency shelter, food, clothing, a hug — to say ‘this is going to be OK.’”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by 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 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 (504) 620-3162.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of thenation'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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.