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Los Angeles Red Cross Aids Thousands of Wildfire Evacuees
Date:10/23/2007

10,000 People Receive Meals and Snacks

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Southern California wildfires continue to devastate areas of Southern California, the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles has two shelters open to provide food, shelter and emotional support to individuals and their families impacted by the fires:

-- Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita

-- Saugus High School, 21900 Centurian Way, Saugus

To date:

-- The Los Angeles Red Cross provided overnight shelter to more than 100

residents Monday night, Oct. 22, and 120 residents Sunday night,

Oct. 21.

-- Nearly 10,000 meals and snacks have been served to evacuees, as well as

to emergency response personnel.

-- More than 100 Red Cross personnel are staffing the shelters and

providing mobile canteen feeding.

For more information about these American Red Cross shelters, the public is invited to call either: 310-477-5829 or (310) 445-2666

For additional information, please visit the chapter's website at http://www.RedCrossLA.org.

Red Cross encourages evacuees to register themselves on the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site at http://www.redcross.org. On this site, people can leave a status message for their loved ones, letting them know their general location and well-being. If people need help registering, they can call 1-800-RED CROSS for help.

Los Angeles Red Cross personnel have been assisted by Red Cross volunteers from the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona, Greater Long Beach, Glendale-Crescenta Valley, Arcadia, Santa Monica, Santa Clara and Ventura County Chapters of the American Red Cross.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousand of disasters across the country each year, disasters like Southern California Wildfires, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org. Persons interested in helping by becoming volunteers are urged to contact their local Red Cross chapters, which can be found on the national Red Cross web site.

For Los Angeles chapter fundraising inquiries, please call: 310-445-2685

For More Information, contact:

Nick Samaniego 213-479-0962

Myra Jolivet 310-210-9572


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