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The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter (ARCBA) announced a campaign to raise $50,000 specifically for 55 families displaced by the five-alarm fire in Walnut Creek on Saturday, August 5, 2019.

"With the amount of loss and destruction witnessed by both volunteers and community members, many people have approached the Red Cross about what they can do to help," said Dorene Yamaguchi, Red Cross Disaster Manager for Contra Costa County. "Launching this campaign will help support the families who are going through this unfortunate situation."

The $50,000 will help pay for services the Red Cross is currently providing and will continue to provide on a long-term basis, including:

  • Lodging assistance: Families will receive funds to assist with the costs of temporary housing.
  • Financial Assistance: Families will receive funds to help defray the costs of essential items such as food, clothing, bedding and medications, if necessary.
  • Counseling: Families will be offered mental health support from trained and licensed counselors.

On the night of the fire, Red Cross responders immediately arrived on the scene, including caseworkers, mental health workers and health workers. Volunteers offered assistance to victims to retrieve belongings from their homes and provided snacks and a light breakfast on Sunday morning. The Red Cross opened and will maintain a Service Center this week to provide each individual or family an opportunity to meet one-on-one with an experienced case manager to help determine needs and provide assistance.

To help the Red Cross during this time of great need and urgency and make a donation specifically for the families in Walnut Creek, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org/donate. Those who wish to donate by mail can send checks made payable to the "American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter/Fire Victims of Walnut Creek" to:

American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
85 2nd Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94105


American Red Cross Concord Office
1300 Alberta Way
Concord, CA  94521

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.


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