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United Way Funds Aid Parkdale House Fire Victims

(Article submitted by the American Red Cross-- Columbia Gorge Emergency Response Team.) 

In the early hours of a cold March morning, Jorge* and Sylvia* woke up to the sound of one of
their children screaming. Inhaling smoke, they realized the Parkdale home they rented was on
fire. They quickly fled the house with their two daughters, ages eight and one. Luckily everyone
was fine, but the house was totally destroyed, along with all the food, clothing, furniture, phone,
and other belongings inside. The family was left with only their pajamas; they didn’t even have
time to put on their shoes. In addition, they had no insurance.

Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers met with Jorge* and Sylvia* to help them figure out
a plan to begin to rebuild their lives. Thanks to support from funders such as United Way, Red
Cross was able to provide the family with temporary lodging for several days at a hotel in Hood
River as well as financial assistance to purchase groceries, infant formula and supplies, a
portable crib and linens, and replace clothing, shoes, and seasonal garments (winter coat,
boots, gloves). A Red Cross Health Services volunteer was also contacted to work with the
family to replace a nebulizer used by the baby and glasses for the mom.

Our thanks to United Way and the companies and employees who give through United Way for
helping Red Cross put families like these on the road to recovery!
* names changed to protect confidentiality