On a busy Wednesday afternoon, several fire fighters are standing in front of Station #4 on Cleveland Ave in Canton.
Clothed in their turnout gear pants and department t-shirts on a balmy fall afternoon, they are chasing down cars that stop at the red light.
Their efforts to pass the boot (literally collecting change in a large turnout gear boot) for those affected by the California wildfires resulted in $900 in just a few hours!
We are so grateful for our partners, like the Canton Fire Department. Each day we work – hand in glove – to serve those affected by home fires throughout Northeast Ohio.
But it is particularly amazing to see them supporting the bigger picture of our mission – as we work to help those affected by large scale disasters.
And just what have we been doing to help in California?
- Since the fires began, the Red Cross, community and government partners have provided more than 27,900 overnight stays in emergency shelters.
- With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 171,000 meals and snacks, and provided more than 12,700 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
- The Red Cross has distributed more than 135,000 emergency relief items such as masks, gloves, rakes, trash bags and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items to people in need.
- To help people recover and get back on their feet, the Red Cross has opened more than 940 cases, reaching more than 2,300
- More than 1,100 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground now
If you would like to support our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies – visit redcross.org/donate.