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Community Partners Join Red Cross in Assisting San Bruno Fire Families
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By Melanie Finke, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
 
September 19, 2010
Sign at the San Bruno Fire Local Assistance Center
Children from the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center created signs for the original Local Assistance Center, where San Bruno Fire residents could meet with the Red Cross and other partners to get assistance following the fire. (Credit: Travis Lavin, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter)

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Since the night the San Bruno Fire ignited, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and partners in the community have been providing assistance to the thousands of affected residents. In the early hours, the Red Cross provided shelter, food and drinks to the residents of the affected neighborhood, and the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA helped care for the residents’ pets.
 
The coming days brought additional government agencies and social services organizations together to assist the families in the local assistance center, originally located at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center in San Bruno. Residents were able to go to the center to get information about the evacuation and their eventual return to the neighborhood. They could also replace vital documents, medicines, cell phones and receive emergency financial assistance from the Red Cross and a variety of partners, including county social service agencies, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, AT&T, California Casualty Insurance, IDEAL Restoration, North Peninsula Neighborhood Services, PG&E, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Salvation Army, the Southern Baptists, T-Mobile and Tzu Chi Foundation.
 
On Sept. 16, the City of San Bruno, the Red Cross and PG&E opened the San Bruno Recovery Center, which will serve as the location for long-term recovery, assistance and services for all affected residents of the San Bruno Fire. Several government agencies and nonprofit organizations are co-located at the San Bruno Recovery Center with the Red Cross.
 
Together the Red Cross and our partners in the San Bruno community are committed to ensuring the people affected by the San Bruno Fire receive the assistance they need to rebuild their lives in the coming weeks and months.

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