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Members of the community are still putting their best foot forward to help the 185 people left without shelter after a fire at the city’s largest homeless shelter: Missouri Hotel. While the Friday morning fire claimed no lives, residents of the shelter still need basic living assistance. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes has an update from the Red Cross.
The Red Cross has about 20 volunteers, as well as help from Community Emergency Response Teams from surrounding counties to help with the 185 displaced after the fire. Nigel Holderby is Communications Officer for Southern Missouri's Red Cross.
“At this point we are ready to be here as long as we are needed. So I know there some talk about some different time frames of when the hotel will be ready for these residents to move back in,” says Holderby.
The Red Cross has delivered about 700 meals to the displaced, who are staying at Cox North and the Dayspring Worship Center.
While organization and aid has been running smoothly, according to Holderby, the Red Cross could still use donations.
“If you are unable to make a monetary donation-- of course we are accepting those at our website RedCross.org --you can drop off some infant formula, and diapers, new blankets, things of that nature. We are accepting some of those donations at our West Bypass office,” says Holderby.
Supply donations can be taken to the Red Cross office at 1545 N. West Bypass. For more information visit www.ozarksredcross.org. For KSMU News I’m Matthew Barnes.
The Kitchen, Inc., which oversees the homeless shelter that caught on fire, is also accepting donations. You can donate money by going to www.thekitcheninc.org. Or, you can donate the following items: combs and brushes, feminine hygiene products, diapers of all sizes, baby supplies, juice boxes, toddler snacks, liquid laundry detergent, and gift certificates to superstores like Wal-Mart. You can deliver those items to The Kitchen Administration office at 420 E Pacific, from Monday to Friday, and between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.