ROCK HILL, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 12 – The American Red Cross Upper Palmetto chapter responded to four house fires over the holiday weekend, providing disaster relief assistance to 11 individuals. The Red Cross provided the displaced 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 York, Chester, and Lancaster counties.
“With an expected cold snap this week we may see an increase in home fires,” said Stephanie White, executive director of the Upper Palmetto Red Cross chapter. “We need the community’s help with not only prevention of home fires, but with our efforts to help victims of fires. It takes $1,250 to support a family of four impacted by fire.”
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.
Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross can visit www.redcross.org or by call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 200 Piedmont Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
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.