Red Cross shelter: Volunteers in action

It was late Sunday afternoon when Red Cross volunteers got the call: More than 100 people were affected by a 30-unit apartment fire in western Palm Beach County. Within hours the Red Cross teams, working alongside the NAACP Community Partnership Shelter Team,  had set up a warm, safe shelter at St. John’s First Missionary Baptist Church for all of the impacted residents. To date almost 40 Red Cross volunteers Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Martin counties – alongside more than a dozen volunteers from NACCP Sheltering team – have served 405 meals and 630 snacks as we continue to provide support for impacted residents.

Red Cross opened a shelter Sunday afternoon for residents displaced by a 30 unit apartment fire, meeting the needs of all those affected. Photo by Jill Masters/American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers Thomas Hernandez and Bruce Allen check residents into the shelter as the Red Cross works to make sure all of the needs are met. Photo by Jill Masters/American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteer Keith Young helps to serve lunch to the shelter residents. Photo by Jill Masters/American Red Cross

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