Volunteers with the American Red Cross delivered 45 fresh new mattresses today to help residents of a low-income apartment complex as they recover from the effects of an apartment fire that ravaged their building.
The Red Cross delivered the mattresses to the Franconia Apartments, 930 Downing Street, a Mercy Housing property that serves low-income seniors and disabled residents. More than 40 of the apartment building’s residents were displaced on May 6, 2013, by an apartment fire that destroyed several units and caused smoke damage to dozens more.
In the initial response to the fire, the Red Cross opened a shelter for residents as they were evacuated, and then helped secure a discounted rate at Extended Stay America so that Mercy Housing could afford to provide temporary housing for the residents during clean-up and rehabilitation of the building.
Now that portions of the building are rehabilitated and safe to inhabit, the Red Cross provided mattresses today so that residents have a comfortable place to sleep as they return home; most of the units suffered too much smoke damage to salvage existing mattresses and bedding.
The mattresses were donated to the Red Cross by American Furniture Warehouse.
“The donations and support we’ve been getting from organizations like the Red Cross has been great and has really made a huge impact on our residents rebuilding their lives,” said Gail Marie Bransteitter, a spokesperson for Mercy Housing.
If you would like to support the daily work of the Red Cross preparing for and responding to disasters like this apartment fire, visit http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/ways-to-donate to make a gift to support Disaster Relief.