July 25, 2013 - 10:30 AM
KELOWNA - It's costing the Red Cross a bundle to help residents evacuated from two recent Rutland fires and now they're hoping for donations to offset the almost $50,000 spent so far.
"The fires happened so fast that residents had to run out the door and leave everything behind — even wallets, children's toys, diapers," regional manager of the Canadian Red Cross, Christopher Libby stated in a press release. "It's a terrible feeling to have your life uprooted so suddenly. Red Cross volunteers helped residents find places to stay, meals work clothes and other basic necessities."
Around $4,000 community support has already come in, but families still require assistance and the $50,000 spent by Red Cross only represents what the effort has cost to date. Red Cross Building for Humanity campaign chair Anna Hunt-Brinkely assures the society will continue to help by providing assistance in the days and weeks to come while families rebuild their lives "but we need help from the community", she said.
"Regardless of the size of disaster, Red Cross is usually one of the first in to help, and one of the last to leave," Hunt-Brinkley said.
The local Red Cross Society is located at 124 Adams Rd. in Kelowna. They can be contacted by phone at 250-995-3526 or via the Red Cross Society webpage.
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