Denver, Colo, Sunday, Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m. – The American Red Cross and national partner Save the Children have teamed up to help ease the trauma and impact of the recent floods on local children.
|An evacuated family is all smiles at the Family Fun Night |
organized by Save The Children and AmeriCorps NCCC
at the Greeley Disaster Assistance Center.
"Emergency shelters, while providing a safe haven from the elements, often place children in unfamiliar places, and typically they lack toys, safe places to play and structured activities for children," said Eric Jones, Assistant Director of Direct Services for the Red Cross disaster response to the Colorado floods. "Through this partnership, children in shelters are allowed to play, learn, socialize and express themselves under the supervision of a caring adult, giving them a sense of normalcy which can help them recover from the experience of weathering a disaster such as the recent floods.”
These safe play areas allow children to play, socialize, and begin to recover from emotional distress and offer hundreds of children the chance to be kids again. The kid-friendly activities create a safe and supportive place for children to play with their peers and caring adults in the midst of the turmoil that surrounds them.
|AmeriCorps NCCC members play with children in the |
Greeley Disaster Assistance Center during Family Fun Night.
Additionally, Save the Children hosted a family fun night for shelter residents and Red Cross volunteers at the City of Greeley Recreation Center on Saturday evening, Sept. 21. Fifty children and their parents took part in a night of food, fun activities and entertainment.