Red Cross Responds After Christmas Eve Fire Displaces Apartment Residents


Red Cross disaster caseworkers continue to assist families displaced by a Christmas Eve fire that left eight units at the Bonneville Apartments uninhabitable. “Disaster volunteers have met with some of the impacted families to assess their immediate needs and currently we are providing those families with food, clothing, shelter and emotional support,” said Trevor Covington, American Red Cross District Manager for East Idaho. “Caseworkers were also dispatched to the Eastern Idaho Medical Center since some residents were transported to the hospital with injuries. We wanted to make sure those individuals and families knew the Red Cross was prepared to help them too as soon as they were released and ready to meet with us.”

The Red Cross partnered with the City of Refuge where residents were served a hot meal while meeting with disaster volunteers. "We deeply appreciate the partnership of organizations like the City of Refuge when we are called out to larger disasters like the one at the Bonneville Apartments,” said Covington. “Not only does partnering help all our resources go farther, it also shows the families that the community is behind them in times like these and that there are lots of people who want to help them in their recovery.”

You can help people affected by disasters like the Bonneville Apartments fire, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.