(Bethlehem, PA) November 30, 2013 – On November 30, 2013, at approximately 6:15 A.M., the American Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter responded to a 2-alarm fire at an apartment building on Polk Street in Bethlehem. The Red Cross provided the following services: first family (1 individual) received lodging, food, clothing, shoes and seasonal garments; second family (3 individuals) received lodging, food and clothing; third family (1 individual) received food, lodging and clothing; fourth family (1 individual) received food, clothing, lodging and shoes; fifth family (1 individual) received clothing and food. The Red Cross provided comfort kits to everyone in addition to blankets, due to the freezing temperatures and will follow-up with the families for additional services, as needed.
Additionally, the Red Cross provided canteen services including: coffee, hot chocolate, tea, assorted cold drinks and snacks to both displaced individuals and emergency responders.
Make a difference in the lives of others by becoming a Red Cross volunteer with the disaster team. For individuals and families who have been personally affected by a fire or disaster - the offer of a warm blanket, the means to purchase food and clothing, lodging, personal hygiene items like those found in a comfort kit, even a stuffed animal for a child can make all the difference for a hopeful tomorrow. Contact Red Cross Volunteer Services at (610) 865-4400 ext. 219 or email Volunteer and Youth Services.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit redcross.org/charitabledonations or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter, 2200 Avenue A, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Learn more about the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter at redcross.org/pa/bethlehem. Find us on Facebook at redcrossglv or on Twitter @GLVRedCross.