ONEIDA COUNTY N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Several families lost lot if not everything in the Boonville fire earlier this week. Volunteers with the Mohawk Valley Red Cross have already stepped in to provide emergency aid.
”When we were notified of the fire, our disaster action team volunteers responded directly to the scene and we assisted some of those families that Evening and we continued to make contact with the families that we haven’t met with yet so we can provide red cross assistance” says Mallory Brown, Executive Director, American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.
When the American Red Cross provides disaster assistance it’s in the form of a client assistance card. It’s loaded with money for immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Brown says donating clothes is always helpful but sometimes it’s better to give money.
”We always say cash is best is because that gives the disaster survivors really the autonomy to decide what’s best for their own recovery. I always give people the example of a hotel room. Some people might prefer to go to a hotel if they’ve been impacted by a home fire, other people might need to buy sheets or blankets so that they can stay at a family member’s house. It really gives survivors the control over how they can begin recovering in the way that is healthiest for them” said Brown.
People who can’t give a monetary donation can offer their time and help out by volunteering. ”We provide all of the training so whether you want to be a disaster action volunteer where you’re going to the scenes of these fires to support the survivors, or if you want to volunteer at a blood drive, or even support our services to armed forces lines of service, there’s an opportunity for everyone” Brown said.
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