Disaster relief includes providing housing, clothes, food, and even prescription medications for the families who suffer a house fire - anything to help get their lives back to normal.
Two fires in Charlottesville and one in Albemarle County have forced families to leave their homes. Central Virginia Red Cross Executive Director Nick Rader says fires are common this time of year, but three in 10 days is taxing on their resources. He says it's dedicated volunteers that allow them to provide the necessary support these families depend on.
"When they find out we are there for them, they're so relieved because more often than not, if someone doesn't have family close by, or someone doesn't have those resources available, and they don't know who to call, they don't have any phone numbers. We're really a breath of fresh air,” said Rader.
Rader says, this time of year, it's important to check your smoke detector, make sure your chimney is clean, and keep radiators away from curtains.
The Red Cross receives no government funding and runs completely on the generosity of others. If you would like to donate to or volunteer at the Central Virginia Red Cross, click here.
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