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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Unit Apartment Fire in North Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., Thursday, Nov. 14 – The American Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry responded to a multi-unit apartment fire in North Charleston this morning. Twenty seven individuals, including a baby and three dogs, from the Hampton Oaks Apartments on Rivers Avenue have been displaced. The Red Cross is currently providing disaster relief assistance to the families who were temporarily moved to Stall High School due to this morning’s cold temperatures.

The Red Cross met with the families to assess their needs, and 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. The Red Cross also provided the families lunch at Immaculate Alliance Church, and mental health counseling.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,300 individuals and 1,400 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.

Financial contributions can be made 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 at 8085 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, 29406.

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.