Press Release: Red Cross Continues to Help Montanans Impacted by Fires

Red Cross Continues to Help Montanans Impacted by Fires

Livingston, MT (September 1, 2012)– The American Red Cross of Montana is continuing to assist those affected by wildfires around the state and have two shelters open to support the Pine Creek and Nineteen Mile fires. We are working closely with local emergency officials and community ptners to serve those in need. The two shelters operated by a team of trained Red Cross volunteers are:

St. Teresa of Avila Parrish — 107 E. 2nd Street, Whitehall
Livingston Civic Center — 229 River Drive, Livingston

Red Cross staff and volunteers are aiding families and individuals impacted by these wildfires by providing emergency shelter, food and comfort kits with basic hygiene products including soap, shampoo, and toothpaste to anyone staying in the shelters. In addition to providing basic needs, trained volunteers are on hand to provide emotional support for displaced residents and connect people to other organizations and community resources that can provide additional help. Residents whose homes were damaged as a result of the wildfire should contact the American Red Cross of Montana at 800-272-6668.

“The American Red Cross has been tremendously supportive” said Ed Meece, City Manager of Livingston. “They were here within hours of the initial need, and have been here since then, and will be until the end. They’re a great bunch of folks. I’ve been a City Manager in other places too, and have worked with the Red Cross and other partnering agencies, and it’s always been great,” said Meece.

In response to multiple wildfires since June 25th, the Montana Red Cross has:

  • Operated 17 shelters
  • Provided over 1000 overnight stays to evacuees,
  • Provided over 19,700 meals and snacks to local residents and firefighters,
  • Provided drinking water and other hydration fluids to over 700 firefighters,
  • Distributed more than 1,500 relief items including hygiene kits and cleaning supplies
  • In addition, over 1400 health and mental health services contacts have been made.

Donors can help people affected by disasters like the wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross. Donations by check should be made payable to “American Red Cross of Montana” and sent to the American Red Cross of Montana at 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405. Those wishing to donate online should visit the website at www.montanaredcross.org.

If individuals have items like clothing and household goods they would like to donate, Red Cross asks that they consider instead donating these to a charity thrift store that is equipped to clean and store the items; often, the Red Cross works with charity partners in the community to connect disaster-affected residents with these resources. Or, consider having a garage sale and donating the proceeds to Red Cross.

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