STATEWIDE — The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responded to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day to disasters of all types in June from flooding and house fires, to the collapsed roofs of two apartment buildings in Lakewood. Of the 269 people helped by Red Cross, more than 50 were children under the age of 18, while several of those assisted were age 65 or older.
“This month, as volunteers were responding to help our community on Father’s Day, we are reminded that disaster knows no holiday and can strike at any time,” said Gino Greco, regional CEO for Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.
Breakdown of the regional county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 153 individuals received aid; more than 25 were under 18 years old. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.
Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 29 individuals received aid; Seven were under 18 years old while three were age 65 or older. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.
Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): Nine individuals received aid; Four were under 18 years old and two were age 65 or older. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.
Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): 61 individuals received aid. 15 of those helped were under 18 years old. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.
Wyoming Chapter: 17 individuals received aid; Five were under age 18. The Wyoming Chapter response area covers all 23 counties that make up the state of Wyoming.
The families and individuals were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.