American Red Cross volunteers spent their holiday week comforting more than 40 neighbors in need following eight fires across Minnesota and western, Wisconsin since December 25.
Responses include two fires on December 28; one affecting two adults and seven children following a fire in Brooklyn Park and another displacing a family in Farmington. Local volunteers are also helping families in Esko, Hibbing, Hinckley, Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota as well as Frederic, Wisconsin affected by home fires this week.
"Losing your home to fire is heartbreaking," said Phil Hansen, CEO for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. "We're so grateful to our Red Cross volunteers who connect with and comfort families following devastating home fires, making sure they have a safe, warm place to stay, seasonal clothing, food, emotional support and help with long-term recovery planning."
The number of home fires in Minnesota increases during cold, winter months. To make sure families are prepared, the Red Cross recommends following these home fire safety tips. Fire safety tips, as well as numerous other resources, are also available on the free Red Cross First Aid App.
To become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn. People can help those affected by this and similar disasters by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Financial gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit redcross.org/mn or call (612) 871-7676.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross