Red Cross Disaster Action Team Activated for Apartment Fire in Denmark

There is never a good time to be displaced by a house fire, but the situation seems more severe during the extreme cold and in middle of Holiday Season.  At 6:30am today, 13 volunteers and staff from American Red Cross where called to lend aid to families and emergency personnel due to an apartment fire on Wall St. in Denmark, Wisconsin.

“This is not the kind of weather you want to be standing out in the cold for an extended period of time,” said Jody Weyers, Communications Director, Lakeland Chapter. “That’s why we deploy highly trained volunteers to make sure the families, touched by tragic events like this one, are receiving life sustaining services the Red Cross has to offer.”

 The American Red Cross volunteers met with each family and in total we assisted 14 adults and two children with emergency needs.

We provided four families with hotel stay, and the other four are staying with relatives. We also provided the clients with monetary assistance for clothing, food and we handed out comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.

The families in the second unit were able to get back into their homes as of 5:00pm.

“Nobody expects to lose their home in a fire, but when it happens, we want people to know that the Red Cross stands ready to help our friends, families and neighbors in need,” said Weyers.

Thank you to Tony Klaubauf, Denmark School Superintendent, and the Denmark HS Staff for opening up the High School and providing meals for the displaced families and the emergency crews. Also thank you to Festival Foods and Perkins for providing soup, water and coffee to those in need.

“Incidences like this demonstrate the reason why it is critical to have funds readily available to meet the immediate needs of families in times of disaster, said Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Lakeland Chapter. “Therefore we ask your help during this holiday season to give a gift to the American Red Cross to assist in meeting the needs.”

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of individuals to be ready to respond and help neighbors who are affected by home fires. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation today. Individuals can text “GIFT” to 90999 to make a $25 donation to the Red Cross from now until Dec. 31 or go online to www.arclakeland.org. For information on how to help or to become a volunteer call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535.

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.

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