Nichole Hannahs

Helping Those Hurt by Fire

by Nichole Hannahs on July 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is helping those in need after fires destroy homes this year.

37 fires have taken place in the area since January. The Red Cross said the numbers are average. What they’re seeing more of is the people in need of help, since there are more residents in each home.

"It’s not unusual to go to see two adults and three children. A lot of times there are four or five adults," said Red Cross Executive Director Marlene Henderson. "With the economy the way it is more people are moving back in with their parents or parents moving in with their kids. For whatever reasons. So, usually there is more people per household is what we’re seeing this year."

That means more people in need of help when a fire does occur. Henderson said though at times the budget is tight they will be there to help.

"We are good stewards with our donors money and make sure we’re going to be there for every fire family," said Henderson. "Every person. Sometimes that does stretch the budget just a little bit."

Henderson said they budget for this year is looking good right now but they accept donations which can be sent in or dropped off to their 7th Street location in Zanesville.