Expensive fires leave American Red Cross in need of donations
The American Red Cross is in serious need of donations. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- This summer has been a busy one for fire crews. But once emergency responders leave, it's up to the American Red Cross to help victims pick up the pieces. But, with a lack of donations coming in, the Southern Nevada chapter is in need of some additional support this summer.
The fire that destroyed an apartment complex on Karen Avenue earlier this month left more than 50 people homeless.
The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada was there to help them all. Not only to provide victims with a temporary roof over their heads, but necessary supplies as well.
The massive fire was a huge expenditure of the Red Cross' already limited resources. And in a year that has seen more disasters and fewer donations, it’s the Red Cross finding themselves in need of some assistance.
“We rolled through about $30,000 in one night. Our annual budget is $250,000, so we took out a big chunk of that just in one night,” said the American Red Cross’ Lloyd Ziel about the fire on Katie. “It’s going to be a tough year, we're going to have to continue to ask to please think of the Red Cross when you're thinking of charitable donations.”
They said most people wait until the holiday season to make their charitable donations, but this year the American Red Cross can't afford to wait.
If you would like to help ensure that Red Cross is there during the valley’s next disaster give them a call at 702-369-3674.