Volunteers disaster responders with the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois responded to 24 fires from Monday, July 22 until today in Dixon, Kankakee, Blue Island, Oak Park, Bloomingdale, of South Laramie in Chicago that affected more than a dozen residents. Red Cross volunteers were also on site this past Saturday assisting four families displaced by a fire in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance, temporary housing, food, clothing and comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services and health and mental health services to the families affected by these fires.
This past weekend, volunteers with the American Red Cross also responded to a fire in St. Albans Green apartment complex in Sycamore, Illinois that displaced more than 100 people. The Red Cross provided immediate assistance to those affected, including shelter, comfort kits with toiletry items and information about recovery services and health and mental health services.
Today, our volunteers will continue to help residents from St. Albans Green who were affected by the fire with the recovery process at the location listed below:
Assistance for Residents of St. Albans Green
When: Monday, July 29,2019 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Southeast School, 718 South Locust, Sycamore, IL
This past week, the Red Cross provided comfort to 112 individuals, including 50 adults and 62 children that were affected by fires across Chicago and Northern Illinois.
The Red Cross responds to 3 to 4 home fires every day in Northern Illinois. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/prepare.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. To donate by check or to a specific cause, please complete this donation form by printing and mailing to your local Red Cross chapter.
DONATE BLOOD: The Red Cross also has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help meet patient needs. The Red Cross asks eligible individuals to make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.