American Red Cross volunteers are helping multiple families after home fires in Little Falls, Minneapolis and Savage today. In Little Falls, a home fire affected two adults and four children on the 17000 block of 185th Ave. A duplex fire on the 700 block of Russell Ave. N in Minneapolis displaced four adults and six children from two units. In Savage, Red Cross volunteers are working with four adults and six children from two townhomes in a four-unit complex.
"Following devastating home fires, our volunteers meet with those affected, making sure they have a safe, warm place to stay, seasonal clothing, food, emotional support and help with long-term recovery planning," says Phil Hansen, CEO for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region.
The number of home fires in Minnesota increases during cold, winter months. Since January 1, 2015, the Red Cross has responded to more than 40 home fires across Minnesota helping more than 120 people. To ensure families stay safe and 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.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help people affected by disasters both big and small. To donate, visit redcross.org/mn, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Minnesota Region, 1201 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
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