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Red Cross Convenes Multi-Agency Resource Center to Assist Families

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"It was tremendous to see all the support for the nine families displaced by this terrible fire."

The American Red Cross will be organized a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for victims of an apartment fire in Hitterdal, MN at the city Community Center located at 101 Vikings Avenue South.

The purpose of the MARC was to bring local agencies together and create a ‘one-stop shop’ that provides resources for families affected by disaster. Organizations  present included the Red Cross, Salem Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters, Inc. (REACH) Food Pantry, Eyecare Associates, Pro Clean, among others.

"It was tremendous to see all the support for the nine families displaced by this terrible fire," said Red Cross volunteer, Sonya Jensen. "Bringing all these partners together has been a great success and we are seeing such positive results."

22 people overall were affected by the fire. The Red Cross provided immediate needs with food, clothing, and lodging for the families. 

"From Sunday to now, totally different. I mean, I've finally gotten rest, I know where I am," said displaced resident, Dan Selseth.

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.