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Red Cross Responds to Eight Midlands-Area Fires Over the Weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, Oct. 14 – The American Red Cross of Central South Carolina responded to eight fires over the weekend providing disaster relief assistance to 23 individuals. The Red Cross provided the affected families with comfort kits which included personal hygiene items and funds for lodging and food along with referrals to local partnering agencies to families in Richland, Lexington, Calhoun, Lee, and Clarendon counties.

“Home fires can have a devastating effect on families,” said Bill Cronin, executive director of the Central SC Red Cross chapter. “The Red Cross is there to help in a time of need and part of our job is to help families impacted by a fire.”

Cronin said, “Our 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 3,900 individuals and 1,200 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 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