N. Texas Red Cross Desperate for Donations

Recent rash of fires depletes Red Cross resources

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 3:38 PM CDT
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N. Texas Red Cross Desperate for Donations

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The Red Cross says they are in need of donations after a recent wave of fires has stretched the charity thin.

Over the last three days the Red Cross said they have assisted more than 100 people displaced by more than a dozen fires in North Texas.

The Red Cross said four major apartment fires and 12 single-family home fires have depleted resources and that they need the community to make donations before the spring storm season arrives.

"We're concerned about this barrage of home fires, coupled with the start of spring storm season," said T.D. Smyers, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. "We've had so many fires and any day now, spring storms will be here and we have to be ready to respond to those too."
 
Smyers said the organization has distributed about three weeks worth of aid in a three day period, but with support from the community, those funds can be replaced quickly.

Those willing to make a $10 donation can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.  The charge will appear on their phone bill. Those who are able to donate more can do so online at redcross.org.  Gifts of $100 will include sponsoring a "Piper the Puppy" -- a stuffed animal that can be given to children in times of crisis. 

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