(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 17, 2017) – After responding to the scene of an early morning apartment fire on Farm Pond Lane, the American Red Cross has set up a shelter to assist displaced families. The shelter is located at Albemarle Road Middle School, 6900 Democracy Dr., Charlotte, 28212. Forty apartments were damaged and 130 people displaced. The Red Cross is providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. Disaster-trained volunteers are meeting with family members to assess additional needs.
While the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, one every 8 minutes, most of them are home fires. Home fires can happen quickly and claim lives and property. However, unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented. Families can keep themselves and their loved ones safe by checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more information about home fire preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/NC.
For anyone looking to assist families impacted by a home fire, the best way through the Red Cross is by making a financial donation at www.redcross.org or calling 800-RED-CROSS. This allows us to quickly provide the families with what they need most at this immediate time.
If you would like to donate clothing, the Red Cross is partnering with Crisis Assistance Ministry at 500 Spratt St. in Charlotte. Clothing may be dropped off there Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The New Hope Baptist Church located at 7841 Idlewild Road, Charlotte is also accepting clothing donations. Donations will be accepted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The church also operates a food pantry.