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Red Cross Funds Stretched Thin, 100+ People Burned out of Their Homes in Past 72 Hours

DFW, TEXAS, February 28, 2012 — It's rare to get a rash of fires that displaces nearly 100 people in a three-day period, but here in the Metroplex, that's exactly what's happened over the past 72 hours. Four major apartment fires, along with 12 single-family homes fires, one causing a critical injury, had the organization responding around the clock; and depleting resources at a rapid pace.

Now, the Red Cross is asking the community to help replenish their funds as they gear up for spring storm season.

"We're concerned about this barrage of home fires, coupled with the start of spring storm season," said T.D. Smyers, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. "We've had so many fires and any day now, spring storms will be here and we have to be ready to respond to those too."

Smyers said the organization has distributed about three weeks worth of aid in a three day period, but with support from the community, those funds can be replaced quickly.

Ways people can give include texting the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10; jumping on to give a gift in any amount; or by sponsoring a "Piper the Puppy" at the $100 level. This Dallas-created stuffed animal brings comfort when he's handed to a child at the curb of a house fire, while the financial donation ensures that the Red Cross is ready to respond at a moment's notice.

Home fires are the most common disaster responded to by the local Red Cross chapters. An average of five families in the Metroplex experience a house fire every day. The American Red Cross responds every time they're called and assists with safe shelter, new shoes and clothing, groceries, seasonal items, bedding and more. Without the support of the American people, the American Red Cross would be unable to respond.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at