News

Red Cross Responds to Fire Victim’s Needs

Red Cross Responds to Fire Victim’s Needs

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A fire Thursday displaced a Springfield family of four. The Red Cross arrived on the scene shortly after the fire department to assist the victims along with providing coffee for the first responders.

The organization’s work is often times unnoticed.  Interim director Jeff Regan says in addition to housing, the Red Cross is helping with clothing, food, and medicine.

“We will issue a client assistance card. There’s a monetary amount  on it. You use it like a debit card, there’s a threshhold on it.  We scrutinize debit capacity on those cards because its donated dollars and we want to make sure we appropriately dispense those funds” says Regan.

Regan points out the Red Cross relies on donations and volunteers from the community it serves.  The Springfield police and fire departments usually contacts the Red Cross in situations such as Thursday’s fire.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Rauner, Madigan Spar Over Budget to Kick Off Session’s Final Week

Fresh
state_capitol_3

Majority Democrats on Monday proposed legislation for a roughly $36.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year -- $3 billion more than what the state will take in.

in Local

Springfield Fire Dept. Investigates Potential Arson

fire

Springfield fire investigators are trying to figure out what, or who, started multiple fires on West Governor St.

in Local

U.S. Sen. Kirk’s Plane Evacuated in Washington

mark_kirk

Kirk's office says someone on the no fly list was on board.

in Local

Legislative Gridlock Likely in Session’s Last Week

state_capitol_1

Legislators returned to the Capitol Monday to finish the session that ends Sunday.

in Local

Illinois Licensing Pools, Beaches as Swimming Season Begins

pool

The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of the regulations under the Illinois Swimming Facility Act.