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Tips on How You Can Help Local Wildfire Relief Efforts

Nebraska Wildfires: How To Help

The Red Cross has mobilized to support area residents and the 32 fire fighting departments who are responding to the Fairfield Creek Wildfire in North Central Nebraska with urgently needed hydration, meals and a shelter to comfort those in need. So, far the Red Cross has served 2,583 meals and snacks both in the shelter and to the emergency responders at the front lines. We have also provided cots and other relief items to firefighters in multiple staging areas set up in the field.

The Red Cross shelter remains open in the Ainsworth Community Schools facility at 520 East 2nd Street Ainsworth, NE 69210. Displaced residents & responders can find comfort & care from trained Red Cross Volunteers. Disaster workers in emergency response vehicles are circulating in and near affected areas, delivering water and food, supplies and comfort items. The Red Cross is working with community partners to provide support.

How Can I Help?

The easiest way to help is to make a financial donation. Financial donations are the best option to support those in need because they offer agencies, like the Red Cross, the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Donations of goods require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing relief services to sort, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of those affected by the disaster.

You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support AmericanRed Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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.

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 or join our blog at