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Red Cross islanders help apartment fire victims
Nine volunteers from Islands Chapter American Red Cross helped set up for people displaced by an apartment fire in Mt. Vernon on July 2.
About 200 people were left homeless following the blaze, including many families. A shelter was set up by Mt. Baker Red Cross at Skagit Valley College while caseworkers attempted to find replacement housing, which proved difficult. The shelter finally closed on Thursday, July 17.
From South Whidbey’s disaster response unit, Ron Conlin and Bob Marcus worked overnight shifts at the shelter from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Other Islands volunteers worked in health services and day shifts at the shelter.
Islands Chapter is part of the Northwest Washington Red Cross region with Mt. Baker and Snohomish County chapters, which also sent multiple volunteers to work at the shelter.
Volunteers are needed. To find out more and sign up for an interview, go to redcross.org/islandschapter and click on “volunteer,” email swdisasterteam@whid
bey.com or call 360-720-4467.