Apartment Fire: How You Can Help
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis is a generous city and many people want to know how to help the residents who have been displaced after the fire at the 3949 Apartment in the Central West End.
Take a look at these services or call 211for more information. You can also follow messages on Twitter. Search for #FireInMidtown.
The American Red Cross is helping the victims with their immediate needs. The St. Louis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is operating the Casework Center again today (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Red Cross Blood Services building, at 4050 Lindell. After that time, anyone still seeking assistance with immediate needs should call the Chapter directly at 314.516.2700. Financial assistance allows the Red Cross to buy what it needs the most to help. Call 314.516.2800 to donate. You can find out more here: RedCrossStl.org
The owners of 3949 Apartments are keeping in touch with the residents, helping them find alternate housing and trying to retrieve belongings. They are postings updates to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/3949Living
Saint Louis University is providing assistance to students. Find out more here: http://www.slu.edu/x65900.xml
SLU Law School is helping students and accepting donations. You can find out more here: http://www.slu.edu/x65901.xml
The Center for Service and Community Engagement at SLU will take any tangible donations (clothes, household items, etc.) to distribute to the students affected by the fire.
West End City Apartments will be accepting donations from the local St. Louis community from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 18 through July 22. West End City Apartments is located at 275 Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.
Items needed are:
- Toiletries and Personal Care Items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
- Gently Used and/or New Clothing
- Bedding (i.e. pillow cases, sheets), Towels and Washcloths
- Non-Perishable Food Items
- Gift Cards (i.e. Target, Walmart, Visa)
Items donated will be distributed to displaced residents in individual care packages.
For donation related questions at West End City Apartment, please contact Christopher Beckwith at email@example.com or at (314) 227-0892.
The Red Cross encourages everyone be “red cross ready”, so that they’re ready in case of fire or other disaster. Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. For more information, head to www.redcrossstl.org
Disaster Volunteer Training
One of the best ways to help is to become a trained volunteer. If you would like to be able to help in situations like this fire in the future, you can get trained next week.
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri is offering two four-hour courses Monday & Tuesday. Get more information here: Disaster Case Management Workshop
For both sessions, please RSVP by 5pm Thursday, July 19 to Tanesha House: 314.222.6782; or firstname.lastname@example.org. For background information, visit: www.lfcsmo.org
The Red Cross is not currently accepting volunteers for this particular disaster, as there is a training process for all volunteers. However, it is important to get trained to become a volunteer and help those in need. If anyone would like to become a disaster volunteer for future needs, they can visit redcrossstl.org to get started.
Be Prepared: Renter’s Insurance
Homeowners are not the only ones who can purchase insurance. If you rent, you can purchase renter’s insurance.
To learn more about renter’s insurance, open this PDF: Renter’s Insurance