COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 – The American Red Cross provided disaster relief assistance earlier this morning to three families of thirteen adults and children who were displaced by a multi-unit apartment fire in Richland County. The Red Cross provided them with funds for lodging, food and clothing. Comfort kits, including basic hygiene items and toys, were also given. Referrals to local partnering agencies were provided to the family.
Peak season for home fires is just starting and while October is “Fire Prevention Month”, preventing fires is something that needs to happen year round.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,000 individuals and 1,300 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.
Currently the Red Cross’ Central SC Chapter has an ongoing initiative called “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” aimed at ensuring families impacted by fire have the Red Cross resources available to receive much-needed support. Anyone interested in donating to “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” can make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org.