Jul 26, 2010 7:58 PM by John Romero
When crisis strikes, Red Cross workers and volunteers are usually first on the scene to help cover the immediate needs of victims. "Things like food, clothing, shelter and even access to mental health support and medical needs such as prescription medications that may have been lost." explains Jaici Murcia of the Pikes Peak chapter of the American Red Cross.
Two fires over the weekend kept the Red Cross busy in Colorado Springs. Monday morning the crew was still busy following up with those displaced by the Colony Hills apartment fire. "We're looking at 16 families that have been displaced." explains Murcia, "10 of those have come directly to the Red Cross for assistance."
But providing the services isn't cheap. The apartment fire was a big hit to the non-profit. They depend on an army of 9 paid staff members and 385 volunteers to help keep them running. But right now, the donations are more important than normal. "This is a very big bang to start our new fiscal year with." says Murcia, "It's a very large apartment fire to have this time of year. Normally we don't see this size of disaster until our colder winter months."
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