After a four-alarm fire tore through a two-story South Broadway store in Yonkers December 26, the day after Christmas, the American Red Cross was on scene to help close to 200 residents forced to evacuate from the building adjacent to the fire. Beverages and snacks were also provided to emergency responders working to extinguish the blaze.
The Red Cross, working with the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management, opened a shelter at the nearby Hostos school, to give those affected a safe, warm place to overnight, as well as meals, beverages, health services and emotional support.
Two young shelter residents, Alex Torres and his sister Aracely celebrated birthdays today and Red Cross staff brought in a cake, donated by Shoprite Stores, for Alex, 8 and Aracely, 18.
Residents are expected to be allowed back into the building tonight and the shelter will close. However, the Red Cross is providing one-on-one assistance to two families that are unable to return due to water damage, and will continue to assist them until their immediate 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/nyc or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossny.