Red Cross seeks donations to continue fire victim assistance

Red Cross seeks donations to continue fire victim assistance

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Strandbergs are among 57 fire victims the Southwest Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross has already helped this year.

Now, the organization needs your help to keep up with demand.

This chapter of the Red Cross has already handed out more than $14,000 in assistance to fire victims in less than a month. They need donations to make sure they can help everyone who needs it.

The Strandbergs are grateful for the help they're getting from the American Red Cross after their home of 18 years caught on fire last week.

" You can't explain it, being in situation like that, to be woken up in the middle of the night and your house is on fire," said Richard Strandberg.

Strandberg met with Red Cross officials Monday for assistance.

"Getting assistance for clothes, bedding, and food things like that," said Stranberg.

Red Cross Executive Director Lara Gill says January has been busy. They've already served nearly 60 fire victims.

" We've had 19 fire cases, the first 26 days of this January. We've given out over $14,000 in assistance to victims of fire," said Lara Gill, Executive Director

Gill says they give an average of 5 hundred dollars per family for assistance.

" We help these people, so that they can get food, clothing, bedding, storage. We put them in a hotel if they have nowhere to go for up to three nights," continued Gill.

The Red Cross also focuses on fire prevention.

"We were out in neighborhoods last Saturday installing smoke detectors. We installed over 100 in the Albany area last weekend," said Gill.

They're now hoping people in the community will lend a helping hand to help families like the Strandbergs.

"Really the best way you can help some of these fire victims is to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia and that way you're giving back to your community," said Gill

"It's so important that people give money to the Red Cross they do such good work," said Stranberg.

Donations can be made to the American Red Cross at 229-436-4845.