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Red Cross of Greater Kalamazoo Responds to Apartment Fire


The Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross continues to help individuals who were evacuated from Northwind Hilltop Apartments and would like to thank several people, organizations, and businesses that have joined with the Red Cross to help the displaced residents during this time of need.

“Our thanks go out to the entire community,” said Lisa Bonney, Community Chapter Executive for the Red Cross of the Greater Kalamazoo Area. “With the financial support of donors, the action of trained volunteers, and our community partners, the Red Cross is able to respond immediately by providing the residents of Northwind Hilltop Apartments with a well-coordinated and effective disaster response.”

The Red Cross would like to thank those who responded to this situation, including: Christian Life Center, Senior Services, Mayor Bobby Hopewell, the Humane Society, PetCo. on Westnedge, the Gospel Mission, Loaves & Fishes, Meijer on West Main, Walmart on Gull Road, Kalamazoo Metro Transit, Northside Ministerial Alliance, 5th District Medical Response Coalition, Department of Human Services, Housing Resource Inc., Heritage Community, Harding’s Market, Washington Square, Medallion, the Deacon’s Conference, and the Alamo Fire Department.

More than 80 Red Cross volunteers have been involved in securing immediate needs like shelter, food, relief supplies and housing. The Red Cross will continue to assist in this relief operation as long as there is a need.

“The citizens of our community responded generously to the needs of the victims of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, and have shown that same compassion for our neighbors here at home”, Bonney adds. “The Red Cross is able to respond immediately because the community supports us throughout the year by making a financial donation, giving blood, and becoming trained to help others when an emergency arises.”

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Photos courtesy: Kalamazoo Gazette