(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 23, 2018) – After the Red Cross set up a shelter for families displaced by Friday’s fire at Woodbridge Apartments in Charlotte, the Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church stepped up to collect donated items. The call went out to assist our displaced neighbors with donations of items like clothing, diapers, and non-perishable food, and the call was answered. Due to the overwhelming response, the church is no longer accepting donations.
“It takes a community to truly make an impact and our community never ceases to amaze us,” said Jerri Jameson, regional communications officer, Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “The community has been so gracious and giving that in less than 2 days, a gymnasium has been filled with donated items for these families who have lost everything.”
Assistance is still needed to sort and catalog all the donations before distribution of the items begins. Anyone wishing to help sort and catalog the donations may go to the Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, 6740 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, Tuesday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and be put to work.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross is able to provide services such as shelter and casework assistance free thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to assist the Red Cross in providing assistance to people impacted by disasters such as this, please donate at redcross.org/greater-carolinas or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999to make a $10 donation.
Start the volunteer process at redcross.org/volunteer. Train now so you are ready to go when the need arises.
Often those fleeing a burning home are injured and may need a blood transfusion. Donate now to help save up to 3 lives. Visit redcrossblood.org for collection location or blood drive nearest you and to schedule an appointment. You may also access Rapid Pass and save even more time by completing much of the pre-screening information before your appointment.
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/greater-carolinas.
About the American Red Cross:
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 additional information, visit redcross.org.
American Red Cross Charlotte Metro Chapter is a United Way agency.