It was a busy holiday weekend for the Metro New York North Red Cross. Early Saturday morning, Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of a fire at the YMCA in White Plains. The blaze displaced more than 100 residents.
A reception center was opened at St. Matthew's Church providing a safe haven for residents. Red Cross mental health volunteers were on hand to help them cope with the trauma.
By Saturday afternoon a shelter was opened at the White Plains Senior Center. There, the Red Cross has provided more than forty displaced residents with food, comfort and a place to sleep since Saturday. Dozens of volunteers from across the Greater New York region have been working around the clock to help residents recover.
"This has been an amazing team effort, with volunteers from across our area helping out,” said Mary Young, CEO of the Metro New York North Red Cross. “We have also been lucky to have such amazing community partners including the White Plains Police and Fire Departments, the YMCA, the City of White Plains and St. Matthew's Church."
The Red Cross will work with residents of the White Plains YMCA until their emergency needs are met.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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/metronyn or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.