FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Burlington, VT – June 24, 2014) In the wake of a fire at a multi-unit apartment building at 238 College Street in Burlington, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross has provided 23 residents with emergency relief. Marking the 10th Red Cross response in our region in the past 19 days, an extraordinary fiscal year that comes to a close on Monday is not going out quietly.
When Red Cross volunteers arrived on scene shortly after 5 a.m., they immediately extended a helping hand and wrapped blankets around the building residents. Most had come out of the building with nothing but the clothes on their backs and stood watching as fire crews worked to suppress the fire. The team of Red Crossers then set out to meet with each of the affected residents. Financial assistance was provided, predominately to help with food and clothing. The landlord had made alternate arrangements for temporary lodging for the displaced residents.
As noted, fiscal year 2014 for the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross closes out on June 30th. As the organization reflects upon the more than 200 responses undertaken by its corps of disaster services volunteers over the past twelve months, it clearly sees the steep climb in the call for Red Cross services. Over the past five years, the number of Red Cross responses has steadily grown from 106 to the 200 plus undertaken this year.
All disaster services offered by the American Red Cross are provided without charge. To help support people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.