By Eric Alves, Regional Communications Specialist, American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio
February 24, 2020- Despite the sunny and warm weather this weekend, local disasters did not take a break.
During this past weekend, the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio assisted 22 individuals and provided more than $4,500 in immediate financial assistance, as well as providing snacks and beverages for first responders.
One of the incidents that the Red Cross responded to was a massive fire which occurred Sunday night on Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River. The fire, which destroyed residental complex which was under construction, forced some nearby residents to flee their homes because of their proximity to the fire.
Three residents received immediate financial assistance to help them find shelter Sunday night, when they indicated they had no other place to stay. Red Cross workers plan to continue contacting affected residents to assess their needs and provide appropriate assistance.
Five volunteers responded to the fire to distribute blankets, water and snacks to the residents who were unable to return to their homes, and to the firefighters from various communities who responded to the fire.
“We could not help people in need without our volunteers,” said Ben Bellucci, disaster program manager for the Red Cross of Greater Cleveland. “They are vital to our mission, providing comfort and care when people like the folks in Rocky River need emergency assistance.”
Just as disasters do not discriminate in terms of whose lives they destroy; the Red Cross does not discriminate in terms of whose lives we help rebuild. The Red Cross does not turn away people who need assistance after a disaster. We are committed to helping everyone in need.
As the largest humanitarian organization in the world, the Red Cross has the ability to use your donation to reach more people in need, more quickly. Your donation to the Red Cross helps provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance during disasters.
To help the Red Cross provide hope and comfort to individuals in Northeast Ohio experiencing their darkest hours, please visit redcross.org/donate to provide a financial donation. Any amount donated truly helps with their recovery.