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Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter Helps 37 People Affected by 11 Home Fires in One Week

FLORENCE, S.C. November 25, 2013 - The American Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter has responded to 11 home fires in just one week assisting 30 men, women and children. The Red Cross met their immediate needs by providing financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing. Comfort kits with personal hygiene items were also provided as well as referrals to local partnering agencies. Red Cross will be following-up with those affected by the fires.

“Our hearts go out to all those who suffered from these home fires,” Linda Boone-Smith, executive director, Pee Dee Chapter, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “We are entering into our peak season for home fires as temperatures begin to drop. We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home by visiting RedCross.org for safety steps.”

It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. The Red Cross’ Pee Dee Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by fire. Anyone interested in supporting the Pee Dee Chapter, can make a financial contribution by visiting www.redcross.org/PeeDee. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Pee Dee Chapter at 1601A West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501. For information call 843-662-8121.

The Pee Dee Chapter serves Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro Counties and is part of the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,300 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.

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.