Disaster Survivors to Enjoy Holiday Cheer Thanks to Red Cross

PHILADELPHIA, December 13, 2012 — Many of the 1,100 families, 3,300 people displaced by the 710 disasters the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania responded to last year are struggling this time of year. The Red Cross holds this party every year to create a night of fun and holiday cheer for those who could use some of both. This party is open to any family with children that suffered a disaster in either Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery Counties this past year.

360 (1,081 people, including 375 children) of the 1,100 families displaced by a disaster in our region last year, stayed at the one of a kind Red Cross House in University City.

Who: American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter CEO Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Santa Claus, and the families and children who are victims of disaster.

What: Spreading holiday cheer to nearly 500 children and family members forced from their homes by a disaster (mostly fires) in 2012. Children will get presents, meet Santa, dance, eat, and have the chance to forget their troubles for a few hours.

When: (TONIGHT) Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00pm-8:00pm (Santa grand entrance about 6:30)

Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Regency Ballroom,1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

About the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania:

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to RedCrossPhilly.org.

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