VIGO CO., Ind. (WTHI) - The May 17 fire are Garfield Towers in Terre Haute was an example of how our community works in unison. The city provided transportation from Garfield Towers to North High School.
The Vigo Co. School Corp. provided the site for sheltering the evacuees.
Local law enforcement offered around the clock security at the shelter.
Catholic Charities and Terre Haute Ministries donated food for shelter residents.
CVS Pharmacy replaced critical medications.
The American Red Cross offered comfort, meals, snacks, mental health support, physical health support, hygiene items, cots, blankets and financial assistance for other basic needs to residents that could not return to their apartments.
Seeing a need, Rick Burger from duke Energy led the way in securing a $3,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to help defray the American Red Cross costs for responding to the fire.
"Duke Energy is honored to be a partner with the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter," Duke Energy representative Rick Burger emphasized. "During major storms and home fires they have always been there to assist our communities. No matter what the need, this Red Cross Chapter always meets the challenge," Burger concluded.
"We are so fortunate to have so many great community partners with whom we coordinate," noted Carol Stevens Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director. "Our Duke Energy partnership is special because they help fund the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies here in the Wabash Valley."
The Red Cross immediately mobilized volunteers and supplies and in cooperation with the Vigo co. School Corp. opened an emergency shelter for evacuees at Terre Haute North High School.
Approximately 120 people were transported to the shelter.
From there, many were able to connect with family and friends and did not require overnight stays.
Release from American Red Cross: Wabash Valley Chapter
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