Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Lenox, MA - The American Red Cross continues to assist the residents of the Curtis building after a fire caused significant smoke and soot damage on the evening of April 11. Local and regional Red Cross staff and volunteers responded quickly the night of the fire and have continued to help the residents of the 50 unit apartment building with recovery. The Red Cross has helped 52 people with immediate emergency needs and recovery assistance including food, clothing, emotional support and referrals to other community agencies.
The Red Cross will continue to help the residents navigate the recovery process as long as needed. Even with a depleted local disaster response fund, the Red Cross is fully committed to meet the needs of the individuals involved in this fire.
“We are providing preloaded cards that the residents can use to purchase clothes and other personal needs, says Kate Leene Director of the Berkshire County Chapter. “But it’s the support of our neighbors here in the Berkshires that keep us ready and able to respond to emergencies like this one. We’re asking for everyone’s continued donations and support as we work to help these folks get back on their feet.”
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org. Keep track of local Red Cross emergency responses and get up to date preparedness tips by liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/berkshireredcross.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcrosscwm.org or join our blog at http://masslive.com/red-cross-connection .