CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross helped several families after their homes caught fire Thursday.
The Red Cross was called to assist in five different fires, one in Goose Creek, Summerville, Hollywood, Varnville and Lady's Island.
The Red Cross provided assistance to 14 fire victims, including seven children.
Depending on individual need, the Red Cross provided temporary shelter, financial assistance to replace food and clothing lost in the fire, comfort kits filled with personal emergency supplies, afgans and toys for the children.
The Red Cross also assisted with the replacement of medicine and gave the families referrals to local partner agencies. The Red Cross will follow up to assure that the long-term needs of these five families have been met.
The Red Cross has assisted 1,058 individuals needing aid due to home fires in its seven-county region of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties since Jan. 1.
The home fires were located at 202 Beverly Drive, Goose Creek; 144 Berkeley Farm Road, Summerville; 4703 Tatlersall Lane, Hollywood; 15 Fand Drive, Ladys Island and 143 Marion Street, Varnville.