The American Red Cross, Western New York/Finger Lakes Regions responded to three fires on Sunday, providing immediate assistance to 15 people.
Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers Suzie Folts and Cindy Kozlowski of Olean responded to a fire that destroyed one home and damaged a neighboring house on South Second Street in Olean, providing vouchers for a hotel stay, food and clothing for four people. Disaster Mental Health services have also been offered to the survivors of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with everyone affected. Volunteers from the American Red Cross, Southwestern NY Chapter also provided vouchers for a hotel for three people following a fire in Fredonia Sunday afternoon.
Four DAT members from the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties were called to a multi-unit apartment fire on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda early Sunday afternoon. Volunteers Dennis Scott and Amanda Vallone of Buffalo, Gerald Colin of Cheektowaga and DeMar McClain of Kenmore provided immediate emergency assistance for eight people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing, and clients then meet with caseworkers to put together a long-term recovery plan.
The American Red Cross, Western New York/Finger Lakes Regions spends an average of just over $1,000 in direct financial assistance when responding to a house fire affecting a family of four. To support people affected by house fires and other disasters, please consider making a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).