By: Ashley Harding
It's been four days since a fire started by a cigarette left more than a dozen families homeless Thanksgiving night near 27th and Highway 2. Thanks to organizations like the American Red Cross, several of those displaced residents, like Stanley Washington, have a roof over their heads.
"I mean, yeah, accidents happen. But you never expect anything like this to happen to you. The Red Cross has been amazing. I didn't expect them to put me in a hotel," said Washington.
They do so much more. When a family is impacted by fire, the Red Cross helps not only with shelter, but with food, clothing, and personal items. Plus, several team members are still on mission in the northeast helping victims of Superstorm Sandy. Susan Epps with the Red Cross says being able to manage everything the organization does gets costly.
"We're also training volunteers, recruiting volunteers. We've got the vehicles to do the deployments. There are just ongoing costs and when we have this many fires at one time, it really is an expense to the organization," said Epps.
In just over a week, American Red Cross volunteers have logged more than 70 hours helping those who've been displaced by home fires. Officials say when challenges arise, they need help. For those whose lives have been touched by the Red Cross, giving a little can make a world of difference.
"If you can help people out, please do so. I would in a heartbeat," said Washington.
Donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 83267
Lincoln, NE 68501
To learn more about volunteering: