(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 20, 2017) – Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are continuing to staff and operate a shelter at Albemarle Road Middle School, , 6900 Democracy Dr., Charlotte, for families displaced by the Monday morning apartment fire on Farm Pond Lane in Charlotte. The number of people staying at the shelter has dropped slightly to 51, including more than 15 children.
Through lunch Wednesday, the Red Cross has provided more than 550 meals, 450 snacks, and 120 comfort kits containing things like toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Red Cross volunteer caseworkers are continuing to meet with families to determine their needs and help with a recovery plan. The goal is to get each family into more comfortable living arrangements and on the path to recovery as quickly as possible. To this aim, the Red Cross has reached out to community partners for a meeting Thursday to discuss coordinating efforts to most effectively help these families. The meeting will be in the Sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road, Charlotte at 2 p.m.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP:
The Red Cross is able to provide services such as shelter and casework assistance free thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to assist the Red Cross in providing assistance to people impacted by disasters such as this, please donate at redcross.org/nc or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999to make a $10 donation.
If anyone would like to assist with donation of clothing items, you may take them to Central United Methodist Church at 6030 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212. Items may be dropped off at the back door until 4 p.m. Thursday.
New Hope Baptist Church is no longer accepting clothing items. They are currently sorting what they have received in order to be able to distribute.