Sunday , 22 October 2017

Local Red Cross Assists College St. Fire Victims

Local Red Cross Assists College St. Fire Victims

Local Red Cross Assists College St. Fire Victims

by Michele Stevens Bernard

TSB Staff Writer

 

After Sunday’s fire at McKinney’s Boardwalk Apartment complex, 70 individuals found themselves in need of emergency assistance. 

“At the time of the fire, there was so much chaos,” says Jim Durham, Manager of McKinney’s branch of the American Red Cross, “But caseworkers were on the scene providing assistance, and will continue to work with the displaced individuals in an ongoing capacity to help them find permanent housing.”

The Red Cross saw to the fire victim’s immediate needs by providing vouchers for shelter at a local hotel, as well as vouchers to local businesses for food and clothing. 

“As of today, we have spent $18,000.00 helping with their relief,” says Durham.

According to Durham, the Red Cross has received numerous telephone calls from the community at large asking how they too may be of service.

“The immediate needs of the families involved have been met,” says Durham, “We’ve received lots of calls from folks offering clothing.  Clothing vouchers to local stores have been provided.” 

Durham suggests checking with local churches to inquire about donating clothing and household items, as the Red Cross does not have appropriate storage facilities for this type of donation.

“If one wants to make a monetary donation, they can do so, indicating “College St. Apt. Fire Family Assistance” in the memo portion of their check,” says Durham, “Also, with the wild fires around the state, our volunteers are spread thin.  We are always looking for more trained volunteers.  The training is free and we will provide it.”

For more information, or to offer your assistance, contact the McKinney Branch of the American Red Cross at 972-562-0601. 

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