Updated: American Red Cross Responds to Multi-Apartment Building in Whitehall

(Bethlehem, PA) Oct. 26, 2013 – This is an update to the multi-apartment building fire that occurred on Mickley Road in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, PA.

After the shelter was closed, the clubhouse located at the apartment complex was opened as a family assistance center. A total of 9 families (23 adults/11 children) received assistance for clothing and food. Of those 9 families, 5 families (8 adults/8 children) received assistance for seasonal garments and 2 families received infant formula and supplies. Snacks were provided to families while they waited to be interviewed by the Red Cross.

The apartment complex provided vacant apartment units for those families who were displaced. The Red Cross provided 4 families (10 adults/2 children) with cots and Red Cross blankets. A total of 25 Red Cross blankets were given to clients who would stay with family or enter new apartments.

In total, 13 families (32 adults/13 children) were interviewed by the Red Cross. Comfort kits containing personal hygiene items were distributed to all 45 individuals and stuffed animals were provided for the children.

Thank you to Red Cross volunteers who worked tirelessly around the clock in order to make sure that all of the families who were affected by this fire were taken care of and that their needs were met. The Red Cross will continue to work with these individuals and families as they make long-term recovery plans.

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.