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Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 107
Contact: Nigel Holderby
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Red Cross Responds to Multiple Fires in Springfield Neighborhood
American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 9/24/2012
Red Cross Volunteer, Dawn Tomoson, responded on a call for assistance to the 900 block of N. Concord in Springfield, MO this morning. Three families were affected by the fires this morning that burned 2 homes, one being a total loss and the other, next door, having major damage. One of the houses was home to 2 families.
12 people, 7 of them children from the ages of 5-17, are receiving monetary assistance from the Red Cross that will provide them a place to stay for the next few days while they get back on their feet. They will also have money for clothes, food and the replacement of prescriptions that were lost in the fire.
“We are seeing this situation become more common than it has been in the past” Says Chris Harmon, Chief Emergency Services Officer for the American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region. “More people are finding it necessary to co-exist in order to make ends meet, so when a disaster strikes there are more people affected.” The more people affected, the greater the amount of assistance becomes for each response. In the 40 counties, served by the Southern Missouri Region, that response is an average of 3 house fires each day.
All assistance provided by the American Red Cross is a gift. It is through donations from businesses and members of the community that this type of response is possible. We appreciate our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners along with our very supportive Board Members for the support and dedication that allows the mission of the Red Cross in Southern Missouri to remain strong, yesterday, today and for the coming years. It is because YOU make people a priority that the Red Cross can serve those who are suffering from personal disaster.
Everyone can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting 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.
For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.