Mayor Allen Joines is asking citizens and local businesses to assist the more than 120 people who have been displaced by apartment fires this week.
Specifically, Joines is asking the operators of furnished apartments or hotels that are equipped for extended stays to volunteer their services. Lodging should be handicapped accessible.
“Lodging is the most important part of this recovery effort, but the American Red Cross also needs financial assistance to provide care,” Joines said. Joines pledged $1,000 to the Red Cross relief effort this morning. The Red Cross is not seeking donations of food or clothing as part of this relief effort.
A fire Tuesday at the Alder’s Point Apartments on Mock Street displaced 97 residents. A fire last night at Colonial Heights Apartments on North Chestnut Street displaced 27 residents. Residents from both complexes were taken to a temporary emergency shelter set up at the William C. Sims Recreation Center.
To donate lodging or money call the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 724-0511, or mail your contribution to 659 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27106.
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Monetary contributions can be mailed to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at 690 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 or by calling (336)724-0511.
Clothing donations for the fire victims can be taken to Sunnyside Ministries, 319 Haled Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127, or call (336)724-7558.
In partnership with the local American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will accept gently-used furniture for the families of the recent apartment fires until Friday, August 14, 2009. The items needed and that will be accepted are: dressers; dinette tables and chairs; couches; sitting chairs; night stands; coffee tables; lamps; and full-size bed frames. No box springs or mattresses will be accepted. Furniture donations for the families of the recent apartment fires can be made at the Goodwill Store at 2701 University Parkway. Donors must specify that their furniture donation is intended for the Red Cross. The hours are Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thank you for supporting your community!