Five American Red Cross disaster responders assisted residents of an early morning fire on West Second Street in Elmira. Two families totaling 10 people affected by the fire were provided help with immediate emergency needs of food, shelter and clothing by the Red Cross volunteers. Comfort kits consisting of individual personal care items were also distributed. Red Cross volunteers will continue to assist the families as needed in the coming days.
Additionally, Red Cross provided canteen services to the first responders and residents at the scene. Chapter Executive Director Joel Robinson said the response was handled entirely by volunteers. “I can’t say enough about our volunteers and the commitment they have to their community,” said Robinson. If you are interested in becoming a disaster responder for the Red Cross, call the Chapter at 607-733-4317 or go to www.redcross.org/sullivan-trail.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like floods, wild fires and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.