The Benton-Franklin chapter of the American Red Cross estimates the price tag of its response to the Sacajawea Apartments fire will total about $100,000. The chapter set up a shelter at Pasco High School that remained open for about three weeks after the July 20 fire.
"Our expenses include the cost of sheltering and feeding those in need as well as providing recovery support in terms of assistance moving back into permanent housing," a local Red Cross news release said.
The release added that all bills haven't yet been tallied, and "it's important to note that our relief costs could go up or down based on changing circumstances, such as additional families from the complex coming forward for assistance."
The disaster response was one of the largest in the chapter's history, and it's tapped the chapter's resources. "This community has been very generous in support of this disaster relief operation, although the need from this disaster has been extreme. To date, we have raised less than 20 percent of this disaster cost, but we continue to be active in our fundraising efforts," the release said.
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To donate, go to www.redcross.org/donate, mail to 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick WA 99336 or drop off at that address.