Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Red Cross helps Rockford family displaced by fire

Red Cross helps Rockford family displaced by fire

They're providing financial assistance for food, clothing and emergency lodging to the two people from the apartment fire.

To join us, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. In addition, Ross shared that 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the programs.

In New Jersey a year ago, the Red Cross responded to more than 820 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping almost 1,900 displaced families; collected more than 90,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 4,180 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 113,200 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.

"In Eastern South Dakota, 80 percent of the disasters to which we respond are home fires", explained Ross. Together, they hope to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires.

According to a release, on average, Red Cross volunteers responded to home fires two to three times a day in the two-state region.

When the Red Cross opened a shelter over the summer in Hungry Horse in response to wildfire evacuations in Glacier National Park, he prepared it. The Red Cross is trying to have the volunteers give them days or times they are able to help, whether they work or whatever, then the Red Cross will only call them at the times they are available, not all the time. "Anybody can request a smoke alarm and if that comes through in the Huron area, we get a hold of Mason".

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