The Red Cross provided the affected families with comfort kits which included personal hygiene items and funds for lodging and food along with referrals to local partnering agencies to families in Richland, Lexington, Sumter, and Kershaw counties.
“We are entering into our peak season for home fires,” said Bill Cronin, executive director of the Central SC Red Cross chapter. “When the temperatures begin to drop is when we see an increase in fires. We need the community’s help with not only prevention, but with our efforts to help victims of home fires. It takes $1,250 to support a family of four impacted by fire."
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,000 individuals and 1,300 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.
Currently the Red Cross’ Central SC Chapter has an ongoing initiative called “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” aimed at ensuring families impacted by fire have the Red Cross resources available to receive much-needed support. Anyone interested in donating to “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” can make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201.