Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

MOLINE, IL, December 19, 2016American Red Cross volunteers responded to a home fire on the 2500 block of 60th Avenue in Viola, Illinois. The fire occurred on Sunday, December 18, 2016. After a home fire, Red Cross volunteers ensure that everyone affected has a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. We are currently assisting two adults and one child.

In theAmerican Red Cross Serving Quad Cities and West Central Illinois area annually on average, more than 300 families receive assistance after a disaster threatens to destroy their lives. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois Chapter assisted 313 families after a disaster.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of your local Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information

To make a financial donation tothe Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can, call (844) 319-6560 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 (to make a $10 donation).

About the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois:

The American Red Cross Serving Central Illinois provides vital services including disaster relief, health and safety classes, blood collection and services to the Armed Forces to almost 750,000  people in a 19 county area.For more information, please or visit us on Twitter at@RedCrossCSIL and Facebook@RedCrossQCWCIL.