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Redwood Falls Salvation Army helps survivors of deadly fire

Added on Monday, January 28, 2013

Redwood Falls, Minn. – On Thursday, January 24, fire broke out at the Lakeside Manor apartments in Redwood Falls, killing one man and leaving dozens of people without homes.

According to the Redwood Falls Gazette, the victim of the fire, Gene Gilland, 72, was found unresponsive in his apartment on Thursday night. Other residents of the apartments made it out safely.

“The survivors of this fire are among the most vulnerable in the area, including some with physical and mental challenges,” said Joanne Lee, Director of Salvation Army Service Extension, which covers the Redwood Falls area.

Since the weekend, The Salvation Army has been helping with the cost of at least 20 rooms at a local hotel. Lee says she anticipates this help will continue through at least the end of the week. Meanwhile, a Salvation Army staff member continues to meet with officials of other area charities to formulate a comprehensive plan for the fire survivors.

“This fire has hit a fragile group of Redwood Falls residents, and we stand ready to help them rebuild their lives,” Lee added.

If you would like to help with the recovery from this fire, make an online donation and enter “Redwood Falls Fire” on the “Specific Use” line. You can also send a donation to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, Minnesota 55113. Make sure to include “Redwood Falls Fire” in the check memo.

About The Salvation Army

The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 288,000 people a year through its 25 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 2,500 hot meals and shelters 970 people. More than 33,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or click on “Donate” in the main menu to make an online donation.

Photo courtesy: redwoodfallsgazette.com