|Casework Volunteer Peggy McCown(L) provides food and|
clothing vouchers to Walter Booth after fire took his home
in Pueblo, CO.
A Red Cross Disaster Action Team was deployed to help and quickly began working with Booth to determine immediate needs.
Volunteer Kathy Sharkey, team captain, quickly determined that he would need a place to stay and money to get clothing and food. “When we arrived we could see the stress on his face,” said Sharkey. “He still had a smile though and we could tell he was glad to see us.”
|Red Cross Nurse Esther Savage(L) talks with Walter Booth|
about resources after fire took his home in Pueblo, CO
Recovering from a loss like this is a process, which lasts for much longer than the cleanup. The Red Cross is there to help every step of the way. “I really appreciate what the Red Cross has done for me,” Booth said. “They gave me a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food. They helped me with everything I needed.”
Every eight minutes the Red Cross responds to an emergency, the vast majority of which are home fires. This was just one home fire that occurred in Colorado that weekend. On Saturday, Nov.22 the Red Cross responded to fires in Grand Junction, Vail and Las Animas. An additional fire occurred Nov. 24 displacing another family in Pueblo.
The frequency of home fires increases as the cold season wears on and the Red Cross has safety tips to help you and your loved ones be better prepared for emergencies at www.redcross.org/prepare. You can help insure that disaster services continue by supporting the Red Cross on Colorado Gives Day. Go to www.coloradogives.org to find out how you can support the American Red Cross in Colorado.