The morning of December 18 was an extremely busy one across the American Red Cross Greater NY Region. Early that morning a home fire tore through several apartments on E. 220th Street in the Bronx, affecting six households. Red Cross responders were on the scene throughout the morning to ensure that the immediate needs of all affected were met. These needs included emergency housing, blankets, funds for food and clothing, and emotional support. Four families (10 adults and six children) required temporary lodging, which the Red Cross provided.
The night before, after a fuel tanker truck overturned and burst into flames on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore, N.Y., Red Cross workers rushed to the scene. Throughout the night and into the morning of the 18th, they provided hundreds of beverages and snacks to emergency responders working to put out the fire and clear the road.
Additionally, between December 17 and 18, the Greater New York Red Cross helped close to 100 people who had been affected by home fires and other emergencies across the region of New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley and Greenwich, Conn.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/nyc or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.