AMARILLO, TX May 12, 2014 — Following last night’s wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, the American Red Cross immediately opened shelters so that those displaced had a safe place to stay. Around 100 people sought shelter at Fritch High School. The shelter will remain open tonight for anyone who needs it.
Throughout the day today, Red Cross teams made sure that everyone in the shelters had meals and snacks, water and other essential items.
In the days ahead, Red Cross teams will meet with each affected family one-on-one and begin distributing items to help with salvaging and clean-up. Distribution can include things like shovels, rakes, work gloves, masks and more.
There are three ways to help those affected by disasters across the nation:
• Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help families nationwide affected by disasters big and small, like last night’s wildfires, tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa and countless home fires.
• Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 for Disaster Relief.
• Designate your gift to “Texas Panhandle Wildfires” by sending a check to American Red Cross, 1800 S. Harrison, Amarillo, Texas 79102 and writing “Texas Panhandle Wildfires” in the memo line. Funds designated will remain in the Panhandle area and will be used to support families affected by this wildfire.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.