Red Cross assisting family of 12 after fire destroys home
POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:59pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 5:42pm
GONZALES, LA — Red Cross volunteers have been helping an extended family of 12, including an infant and several older family members, whose Gonzales home was destroyed Sunday morning. Volunteers specializing in mass care and disaster health services have been with the family around-the-clock since that time.
The volunteers are providing the family with temporary shelter, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits and health services. Referrals to other community partners who also can support the family's recovery have been provided.
Family members were at home when the fire began about 8 a.m. Sunday at 12413 Oneal Road.
Some family members have been staying at the Ascension Fire House, a home refurbished by the Leadership Ascension class of 2010-2011 for families who lose their homes to fires.
The Red Cross provides aid as a gift to those in need after a disaster strikes. The charitable organization -- not a government agency -- depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.
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