Red Cross officials are offering assistance; Midwest City shelter closed

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 11, 2009 at 8:56 am •  Published: April 11, 2009
The shelter at Midwest City Community Center was closed Saturday morning because the need for overnight housing had ended, officials said.

Anyone who needs help is asked to call (405) 228-9500. The Red Cross also has professional counselors available.

Red Cross workers are canvassing areas affected by wildfires this week, handing out food and counseling victims, an agency spokeswoman said.

Workers are focusing on food and shelter in the immediate aftermath of the wildfires, said Kyla Campbell, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma.

"It has been a long time since we’ve seen the devastation that we’re seeing with this fire,” Campbell said. "There are a lot of individuals who’ve lost their homes.”

Workers have also been handing out clean-up kits to victims, Campbell said. The typical kit includes items like gloves, a shovel, a bucket and other items.

About 30 people stayed overnight at a Red Cross shelter on Thursday; which stayed open through Saturday morning. In the coming days and weeks, the Red Cross will work with victims to take care of long-term needs, she said.

To support the Red Cross or for more information, go to their Web site

Contributing: CARRIE COPPERNOLL and ROBERT MEDLEY, STAFF WRITERS



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