American Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Fire in Berks

(Reading, PA) March 17, 2014 – On March 17, 2014, at approximately 2:45 A.M., the American Red Cross Berks Chapter responded to a multi-family fire on Ben Franklin Highway in Douglassville. The Red Cross provided two families (9 adults/1 child) with food, clothing, shoes and lodging and will continue to provide support and services for the families, as needed.

Make a difference in the lives of others by becoming a Red Cross volunteer with the disaster team. For individuals and families who have been personally affected by a fire or disaster - the offer of a warm blanket, the means to purchase food and clothing, lodging, personal hygiene items like those found in a comfort kit, even a stuffed animal for a child can make all the difference for a hopeful tomorrow. Contact Red Cross Volunteer Services at (610) 865-4400 ext. 219 or email Volunteer and Youth Services.

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 @RedCross.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit redcross.org/charitabledonations or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Berks Chapter, 701 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601. Visit http://www.redcross.org/pa/reading.