2012 Wheaton MO Apt Fire

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

Media Contact:  Nigel Holderby




Red Cross Responds to Thanksgiving Day Fire

Apartment Fire Claims Five Lives in Wheaton MO

American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: 11/22/2012

Five Red Cross Volunteers in Barry County responded to a fire at the Blue Ridge Apartments in Wheaton, Missouri where five people died this morning from 2 different families.  Five cases of financial assistance have now been opened with 16 people being helped with emergency relief for lodging, food and clothes. More assistance will be given as funeral assistance needs are determined.

It is difficult to imagine such disaster on this day of Thanksgiving and hard to comprehend the suffering in our community, yet we are reminded of our mission; The Red Cross continues to alleviate human suffering through the dedication of Volunteers and through donations from the American People. We thank the Rock Solid Baptist Church in Wheaton MO, who made a $1000 donation this morning to the Red Cross for these families who have suffered so much.

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.



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 more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.



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