Riverside, CALIF. – October 14, 2019 — The American Red Cross will be present at the City of Calimesa’s Local Assistance Center (LAC) opening on Tuesday, October 15, at the Calimesa Senior Center, located at 908 Park Ave., Calimesa, CA 92320. The LAC will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Red Cross volunteers will help residents with casework, referral services, emotional support and more as the road to recovery begins. Wildfire kits that contain common cleanup items like masks, gloves and other materials will be distributed at the LAC to people whose homes were destroyed or damaged.
The Red Cross continues to work closely with local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate recovery efforts moving forward. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and stand ready to assist in various aspects, including disaster assessment, casework and more.
Individuals affected by the Sandalwood Fire in need of Red Cross assistance can visit the Local Assistance Center or call the local Red Cross casework line at (951) 571-8681.
Since requested by authorities, the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region has provided for the needs of dozens of people affected by the Sandalwood Fire, Wolf Fire and Reche Fire. Since the fires began, two Red Cross shelters and two care & reception centers have offered evacuees a safe place to stay, meals, snacks, beverages, comfort kits, health services and emotional support.
How to Help – Make a Donation
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide disaster relief to those who need it most, both during disasters and throughout the long recovery process. Help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
For additional disaster updates follow @RedCrossDTS on Twitter, and for more information about the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, please visit redcross.org/dts.
About the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region:
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. The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region has proudly served Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit redcross.org/dts or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDTS or Facebook at facebook.com/RedCrossDTS.
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