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Red Cross Helps Four Families Displaced by Multi-Unit Apartment Fire

FLORENCE, S.C., Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – The American Red Cross provided disaster relief assistance to four families including eight children and eight adults who were displaced by a multi-unit apartment fire last night in Darlington. The Red Cross provided the families with funds for lodging, clothing and food. The Red Cross also provided comfort kits with hygiene products, and it provided referrals to local partnering agencies.

“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by this fire,” said Linda Boone-Smith, executive director, American Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter. “It is because of the dedication of our volunteers and our financial supporters that we are able to be there for our community when it needs us most.”

The Pee Dee Chapter is part of the Palmetto SC Region which is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina. On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 1, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of more than 1,200 families and 3,900 individuals affected by disaster.

You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, Pee Dee Chapter, 1601 A-Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501or by calling (843) 662-8121.

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