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American Red Cross Closes Shelter for Willow Street Tenants

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (June 30, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York on Monday morning closed the shelter it opened Thursday night for tenants who were displaced from their homes by a fire Thursday night at an apartment building at 729-735 Willow St., Syracuse.

The Red Cross provided a total of 37 shelter stays, with nine people on Thursday, 12 people on Friday, nine on Saturday and seven on Sunday. The tenants are working with the Department of Social Services to arrange more permanent lodging.

Red Cross volunteers provided the shelter residents with food, cots, blankets, and personal hygiene items. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of survivors. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are urgently needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit

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 or follow us on Facebook at