Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to at least 48 people after a massive fire Sunday morning on Bradford Street in the City of Albany. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as food, clothing and lodging to 25 adults and 23 children, ranging in age from 2 to 17. All were provided with comfort kits, and stuffed animals were given to the younger children. Health services for replacement of medications, eye glasses and medical assistance devices were also provided.
At a separate fire at about the same time Sunday morning, the Red Cross aided an additional 15 people whose homes were destroyed on Third Avenue in Albany. Similar emergency assistance was provided for seven adults and eight children. The total number of people assisted by the Red Cross as of Sunday evening is 63.
In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by both fires, providing emotional suport and additional assistance as needed.
HOW TO HELP
The Red Cross relies on the generosity of local donors to help families prepare, respond and recover from disaster in Northeastern New York. Incidents of this magnitude stretch local Red Cross resources very thin. Please vist redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate to Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small.
You can also help by volunteering with the Red Cross and responding to home fires and other disasters in your community. Browse current volunteer opportunities now at redcross.org/volunteer.