SUMTER, S.C., Wednesday, April 16 – The American Red Cross Sandhills chapter responded to two single house fires and one multi-family fire today, providing disaster relief assistance to seven 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.
“It’s been an unusually busy today in Sumter County with fires,” said Nancy Cataldo, executive director of the Sandhills 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 July 1, 2013. 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 calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 1155 N. Guignard, St. 2, Sumter SC 29150.
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.