by Patricia Billinger
The American Red Cross responded to a multi-unit apartment fire in Northglenn today and provided a range of assistance for at least 15 people displaced, including water, snacks, blankets, mattresses and financial assistance for food and clothing, as well as stuffed animals for the children and comfort kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and other hygiene items.
The fire at the Regatta Apartments at 10500 Irma Drive in Northglenn displaced the residents of eight apartment units. Regatta Apartments provided vacant units for all of the displaced residents; meanwhile, it appears that all the residents also had renter’s insurance. The Red Cross met with the affected families and individuals to gauge their needs and help them with additional basic supplies and comfort.
The response occurred during below-freezing temperatures shortly before the holidays, and some families also lost their Christmas presents. One family was celebrating the birthday of their 4-year-old son; they were saddened by the destruction but said they were grateful to be alive and for the help and compassion they had received.
“The Red Cross was very nice to us, thank you for all your help,” said Jose Robles. His wife added that they were touched by the gesture of a local news crew who brought them a birthday cake after learning of their son’s birthday.
“Every disaster is heartbreaking, but it’s even harder during the holidays,” said Patricia Billinger, Regional Communications Director of the Red Cross. “On this bitter cold day, it warms my heart to see the community come together to help their neighbors, from the apartment complex taking care of its clients to the firefighters and Red Cross volunteers responding in these freezing temperatures, to the reporters who cared enough to brighten a little boy’s birthday. We can’t bring back what they’ve lost, but together we can make it a little more bearable.”
The apartment fire wasn't the only disaster the Red Cross responded to in Colorado today. Red Cross Volunteers in Durango responded to help residents affected by an early morning fire on Timber Drive in Durango West. The Red Cross was contacted by friends of the victims and provided a warm place for them to stay overnight. Red Cross volunteers in Longmont also responded to a single family fire that displaced 1 adult and 2 children. In that case, the Red Cross provided lodging, groceries and comfort kits.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 home fires each year in the United States. For information about preventing home fires or to support the Red Cross response to these disasters, visit www.redcross.org.
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.