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Red Cross El Paso Deploys Team to Assist in Ruidoso

EL PASO, TX – June 12, 2012 – As the destructive Little Bear Fire rages in the Ruidoso area, the American Red Cross El Paso is sending a disaster relief team to assist those affected by the disaster.

Four Red Cross team members have deployed to assist in the ongoing relief efforts. The El Pasoans will help Red Cross teams with sheltering, feeding and disaster assessment operations. The Red Cross of New Mexico has set up shelters for evacuees at Ruidoso High School in Ruidoso and at Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. It is expected that the team will be on site helping those in need for about a week.

The Little Bear Fire has destroyed an estimated 35 structures and burned 36,000 acres. Several neighborhoods remain under evacuation orders as the fire is only 30% contained.

“We’re glad to help our neighbors fight through the effects of this disaster,” said Mark Matthys, Executive Director, American Red Cross El Paso. “Families need our help right now with food and shelter. We’ll do our best to make them comfortable and connect them with resources for recovery.”

The American Red Cross is running multiple disaster relief operations after last weekend brought wildfires to Colorado and New Mexico, and on the other extreme, more than a foot of rain to parts of Florida.

You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation, visit redcross.org or call 800-733-2767. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross El Paso, 3620 Admiral St,, El Paso, TX 79925.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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