Jan. 2, 2015- American Red Cross volunteers welcomed 2015 by opening a shelter at the Pico Rivera Park for more than 40 people - including 26 children - who were evacuated from their 80-unit multi-story apartment complex on New Year’s Eve.
The City of Pico Rivera Building and Safety Dept. deemed the building unsafe after a balcony partially collapsed, and the Red Cross swiftly set up a shelter that provided residents a warm place to stay in the midst of one of L.A.’s coldest winter spells.
In addition to offering food, shelter and ongoing emotional support, the Red Cross provided activities for the shelter’s many children. The New Year’s American Red volunteer team included bilingual Spanish- and Mandarin-speaking volunteers who helped translate information for affected residents.
Thanks to all the volunteers and support from corporate partners, such as Disney, the American Red Cross was also able to set up a friendly and fun environment with resources such as a playground Kaboom which has helped the shelter’s little ones play and keep busy while the housing situation is resolved.
The American Red Cross shelter closed Tuesday, January 6, 2015.