(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 25, 2017) – American Red Cross volunteers continue operating a shelter for residents displaced by the Woodscape Apartments on Monday, July 16. Some families have found places to rent and have moved into new housing while others are still searching for a new home.
Monday night, 42 residents stayed at the shelter. Red Cross volunteers are working with these families and others who return during the day to connect them with community partners for a variety of resources, including financial assistance, health consultations, bus passes and more. Children’s activities such as swimming or soccer at the Simmons YMCA are being scheduled throughout the days.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Monday night 42 people stayed overnight at the shelter, down slightly from Sunday night. More than 120 Red Cross volunteers have served nearly 1,500 meals and 1,200 snacks, handed out 120 comfort kits filled with personal hygiene items, and provided nursing services and mental health counseling to 128 people.
HOW TO HELP:
Anyone wishing to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations may do so at redcross.org/nc, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make an immediate $10 donation.
To volunteer now and be trained before another disaster impacts our community, visit redcross.org/volunteer to begin the application process.
To help the Red Cross by donating blood, please visit redcrossblood.org to find a convenient collection location or blood drive.
MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER:
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. Families can keep themselves and their loved ones safer by checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more information about home fire preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/NC.