Red Cross Soothes Fire Victim’s Loss

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Until Friday night, Terry Gutierrez lived on the third floor of the Foxboro Apartments near 156th and Harrison.

That changed in an instant.

The alarm started to go off and I thought it was a prank,” says Gutierrez.

“I couldn’t see smoke or smell anything."

His apartment complex was on fire and it left 35 people homeless.
The Red Cross quickly sent volunteers to help.

“We're really blessed with having great support of our volunteers,” says Tina Labellarte of the Red Cross.

“We have 21 volunteers that have repeatedly responded in the bitter cold weather to go help people.”

Labellarte says in the last two weeks alone the Red Cross has helped 75 people who have lost their homes to fires. They rely on donations and trained volunteers to help support disaster victims.

“Those volunteers are well trained and they're very good at giving out hugs which people also need as well,” says Labellarte.

Terry Gutierrez agrees.

“I have high praise for those guys. The first thing they asked is how they could help me and immediately gave me a visa card with $500 on it to get clothing and food".

Even though he’s lost everything but the clothes on his back, Gutierrez says grateful for the help he got from the Red Cross.

“I don't want to go through it every weekend but nobody got hurt. We’ve just got to pick up the pieces from here and move on".

He is staying with relatives while he gets back on his feet.


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