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Two Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Santa Maria Apartment Fire

San Francisco, CA (October 16, 2013) – This morning, two American Red Cross volunteers will deploy to the Santa Maria apartment fire response in San Luis Obispo County. One volunteer will be providing health services and the other will be doing casework with those directly affected by the fire.

Juanita Hill of Pinole from the Bay Area Chapter and Nancy Blodgett of Sunnyvale from the Silicon Valley Chapter will be leaving at 11 a.m. this morning from the Red Cross San Francisco Office located at 1663 Market St. in San Francisco.

The Santa Maria apartment fire took place on Saturday, October 12 around 2:25 a.m. at the Town Center Hotel, known for housing long-term residents. The local Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Red Cross Chapters are running a shelter for the 57 people who were displaced from their homes Saturday night. The shelter is at Minami Community Center in Santa Maria. Red Cross volunteers are also providing food, comfort, and care to the people in need.

HOW TO HELP: Your financial gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

To make a donation, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including fires, earthquakes, wildfires and other emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more.

About American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.