Since Thursday, May 8, the Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region has provided emergency services to a total of 44 individuals affected by a major fire on Sherman Avenue in Glens Falls. The fire completely destroyed a 17-unit apartment building and damaged 12 apartments in a neighboring building, leaving 21 residents in need of long-term shelter.
The majority of these residents spent Thursday and Friday night in a Red Cross shelter at the First Presbyterian Church on Glen Street. This shelter remained open through Sunday afternoon, by which point Red Cross staffers and the Department of Social Services had arranged housing for all displaced residents.
Fire victims, including shelter residents and individuals who did not require Red Cross shelter, have been meeting with Red Cross workers for assistance with food, clothing, medications and connections with the Department of Social Services. With the help of generous community partners like the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, Open Door Mission, Price Chopper, Walmart, and Stewart's Shops, the Red Cross has served more than 450 meals and snacks to fire victims and emergency responders since Thursday.
In addition to the outpouring of in-kind support for these fire victims, the Red Cross is providing direct financial assistance to those affected. To offset the cost of this assistance and other local disaster responses, the Red Cross relies on the generosity of the public.
To make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. Donations can also be dropped off or mailed to the Red Cross Chapter offices located at 74 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY, 12205.