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Local Red Cross responds to area fires

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – The local Red Cross stepped into action this week to help six families in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes after they were affected by fires.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers were there to lend a helping hand to all 18 people invovled, providing the immediate emergency needs to these families.

Between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the Red Cross DAT volunteers worked through the night to help each family on a case-by-case basis, providing assistance toward emergency shelter, food, clothing and mental health services.

“While fires are our most common disaster, it reminds this community that we are not a government agency and rely on the generosity of the American people to continue to provide services to those in need,” said Vic Howell, CEO for the local Red Cross. “We simply cannot provide assistance for these basic needs without financial contributions and voluntary time from people like me and you.”

The mission of the American Red Cross is to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to life emergencies. Volunteers respond to a home fire, on average, every 19 hours within the 10-parish area.

To donate, log on to www.batonrouge.redcross.org or call 225-291-4533.