Laurens Villa Residents Receiving Help from Red Cross

   The American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas reported it was back yesterday with case workers assisting persons displaced by the fire at Laurens Villas late Tuesday night.

The fire displaced eleven adults and eight children from the eight apartments in Building One. Six trained disaster volunteers were on the scene at the apartments assisting the displaced residents with immediate emergency needs early Christmas morning, including temporary shelter, food, clothing, medications, eye glasses and emotional support.  Trained Red Cross caseworkers were back on the scene yesterday at Laurens Villa Apartments to continue working with families and help in their recovery.  The caseworkers were to be meeting with each family to help them secure affordable housing and other needed household items.  The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle has also been dispatched to the scene to provide feeding support including serving lunch yesterday. Red Cross was also coordinating with area churches and community groups to secure toys for children ranging in age from 7 months to 15 years old.

  Since January 1, 2013, the American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas notes it has responded to 632 disasters in the region, providing assistance to people during their time of need.  While working with the families from the Laurens Villa Apartment fire, the Red Cross is also responding to five other fires in the region including three fires in Spartanburg County, one in Cherokee County, and a duplex fire in Greenville County.

  “We are able to be there for people in our communities day and night thanks to our dedicated volunteers and our generous financial donors,” said Ann Wright, Regional CEO. “We simply could not provide the comfort and care for those who have suffered a fire or other disaster without those who help with their time, talent, and treasure.”

  The work of the American Red Cross is made possible by donations. Donations can be made by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent by mail to a local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross via P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.