Early this morning, amidst falling snow and frigid temperatures, American Red Cross volunteers provided relief to dozens of Bronx residents who were left out in the cold following a 3-alarm fire on College Avenue that destroyed several homes.
At the scene the Red Cross provided blankets, clothing, water and emotional support to those affected. Four displaced families (10 adults and 9 children) required emergency housing, which the Red Cross provided, along with funds for basic necessities, such as food and clothing.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are mobilized to assist with additional storm-related emergencies.
Extreme cold increases the risk of home fires. Please see the following home heating safety tips below:
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.