ALBANY, NY (March 6, 2015) - Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross have opened an emergency shelter at Christ Church, 970 State Street in Schenectady, for the victims of a massive fire this morning at 102 Jay Street in the city. At least 25 people are being given food and shelter, and arrangements are being made for assistance with clothing, personal care items and replacement of medications.
The fire has affected at least three buildings just across from City Hall in Schenectady.
The Red Cross is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide both short- and long-term assistance to those affected by disasters. The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters large and small is made possible solely by the power of volunteers and the generosity of the public. To volunteer and/or donate in support of American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 www.redcross.org.