An American Red Cross reception center was opened in Port Chester, N.Y., July 9 at a Knights of Columbus facility after a fire at ripped through a three-story building on Poningo Street Monday night.
At the air conditioned center, Red Cross disaster workers met with 11 families (15 adults and 10 children) displaced by the fire, providing them with water, snacks, lunch, comfort kits and emotional support.
All the families also received referrals to Red Cross community partners to help with their longer-term needs.
The next day, Metro New York Red Cross disaster responders were at the scene of an early morning fire on Warburton Ave. in Yonkers. Red Cross provided assistance for food, storage and emergency lodging for two displaced families of six adults and two children.
A few hours later, Red Crossers responded to a fire in a six-floor apartment building at Van Courtland Park Ave., also in Yonkers. Three families of six adults and three children received emergency assistance for food and clothing; two of those families were also provided with emergency housing.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.