The Eastern Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to a record number of disasters in February, assisting 38 families, or 101 people, with emergency food, clothing, shelter, replacement medications and funeral assistance following disasters that displaced local residents from their homes.
The large number is in part to six multi-unit apartment fires and an incident that left eight families homeless when recent winter storms caused snow accumulation to collapse the roof of a Rosedale apartment complex, according to a spokesman for the organization.
“February has been an extremely busy month for our chapter,” staed Jennifer Tarwater, disaster services director. “Our volunteers have responded to several large disasters, including the tragic fatality fire on Feb. 2nd. Many of our families had nothing left but the clothes on their backs when we arrived on scene. We were able to meet their emergency basic needs and assist them in finding new housing. So far we have spent more than $19,000 assisting the families. We desperately need donations so that we can continue to help more families affected by disaster.”
Donations to the Eastern Kansas Chapter can be made online at www.redcross.org/donate or mailed or dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday, at the Red Cross office, 1600 Washington Blvd,, Kansas City, Kan. 66102.
A new volunteer orientation will also be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Eastern Kansas Chapter. Those interested in volunteering may register by calling 913-321-6314.