Red Cross seeks donations for winter months
The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter responded to a fire in Woonsocket last week, providing food, shelter and clothing to two families, including three children. Since July, the Chapter has responded to 64 fires statewide and served 134 families, a total of 402 individuals including 148 children. The Chapter provided food, clothing, shelter, medicine and even toys for the children.
Earlier this year, thanks to the generosity of several Rhode Island corporations, the Red Cross was able to meet the needs of those impacted, but now those funds have been nearly exhausted as the number of fire emergencies has continued to climb.
"We have reached the point where our disaster assistance funds are nearly exhausted. This is of great concern since our busiest time of year is usually during the winter months," said CEO of the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter John E. Holt. "The corporate community continues to be very generous, but now we must also appeal to all the members of our community for support. Even though these small disasters do not always make the news, the people who are affected are just as devastated as those who were impacted by the San Diego wild fires. They are our friends and neighbors and they need our help!"
The RI Chapter typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided to clients at no cost, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, 105 Gano Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906. Please designate the donation for "Rhode Island Disaster Assistance." Donations can also be made on-line at www.riredcross.org.