More than 400 people in southern Missouri have lost their homes to fires within the past two months, and this number continues to grow. House fires are more common in winter, and this extremely cold weather has exacerbated the problem, leaving people in our communities, and across the nation, with no home. Just outside Branson earlier this month, a 12-unit condominium at The Woodlands burned down and increased the number of families locally that have lost their homes. How does the Red Cross fit into this picture?
The Red Cross provides disaster relief, gives victims a shoulder to lean on, and follow up with the families to make sure that they are making good progress in their recovery and are getting the assistance they need.
The Red Cross has spent more than $80,000 this year in emergency relief for local families who need help after a disaster such as a fire, providing things such as temporary housing, clothing, and blankets. Oftentimes, the Red Cross is on-site at a fire before it is even extinguished, and local disaster assistance teams arrive to help displaced families.
This year Red Cross is responding to an average of four fires per day, and the families who suffer from these fires need your help.
Donations to the Red Cross allow us to help people in our local community in a time of great need, giving them a hand while they try to rebuild their lives. If you would like to support the Red Cross in helping provide relief for disasters, you can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Written By: Breana Clark, American Red Cross Communication Intern