The American Red Cross was established and still exists today in order to help people in need by providing them with compassionate care. Ordinarily when we consider the Red Cross it is in disaster relief situations that are large in scope. It is good to know that they exist in the United States and deal with smaller disasters as well.
For example, the local American Red Cross branch stepped up to help displaced Glen Ellyn residents today after a fire broke out in their apartment complex in the 100 block of North Parkside this morning around 11:19 a.m. According to a Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company press release, authorities are still investigating the blaze.
When crews arrived, smoke and fire were discovered coming from the roof of this two-story apartment building. Initially it is thought that the fire was confined to one unit on the second floor, although it appeared as though another unit also sustained damage, thus displacing those individuals from both apartments. Thankfully no injuries were reported, but on a day that barely reached 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it is quite discouraging to think that you no longer have a home to go to. Thus the help issued from the Red Cross.
Thanks to a host of generous donors, volunteers and employees, the American Red Cross divisions across the United States are able to offer support when it is needed most. The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and relieve suffering both here in the United States and abroad by offering five key service areas:
· Disaster Relief
· Supporting America’s Military Families
· Lifesaving Blood
· Health and Safety Services
· International Services
Although we typically hear of this registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization helping with large-scale disasters or disasters abroad, it is nice to hear that they are ready, willing and able to help with any type of disaster relief! The fact is that the American Red Cross annually responds to approximately 70,000 disasters of varying sizes. Like today, it may be on a smaller scale; can even be for a single family dwelling that affects only one family! They help by providing displaced individuals with shelter, food, health and mental services and other ways that they can help the people get back on their feet.
Since the American Red Cross is not a governmental agency, thus a charitable organization, they are always willing to step in when a disaster occurs. Proof positive was today’s fire in local Glen Ellyn.
If you would like to support the American Red Cross’ efforts, contributions to the American National Red Cross are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Red Cross’ tax identification number is 53-0196605.