Red Cross Transitions Support for Taylor Bridge Fire

Red Cross Continues to Support Taylor Bridge Wildfire
This has truly been a collaborative effort. We are extremely grateful to the community, our partners and our volunteers who supported the relief effort these past couple of weeks. - Lisa Reinhart

The American Red Cross continues to support the Taylor Bridge Fire that has devastated parts of Kittitas County. As the fire is contained, the Red Cross is transitioning to support longer-term needs.

Red Cross client caseworkers are meeting with affected residents to help plan for the future. Financial assistance may be available for emergency items such as food, clothing, bedding, linens and for security deposits and first month’s rent for housing. Individuals and families whose homes were damaged as a result of the wildfire, should contact the Red Cross Kittitas County Chapter at 509-925-5866. Residents have left the shelters, which are now closed.

To date, the Red Cross has helped provide 250 nights of shelter, 4,000 snacks and meals and 1,000 clean-up supplies.

“This has truly been a collaborative effort. We are extremely grateful to the community, our partners and our volunteers who supported the relief effort these past couple of weeks,” said Lisa Reinhart, executive director for the Red Cross Kittitas County Chapter.

The Red Cross will continue to be on the ground in the days and weeks ahead as the community recovers and rebuilds.

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP

To support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. The Red Cross is unable to accept small, individual donations of goods or collections of items such as clothing, food, toys, furniture, medical or cleaning supplies.

MEDIA CONTACT

Lisa Reinhart, (509) 925-5866 or Lisa.Reinhart@redcross.org

ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.