Wallow Fire: Red Cross sending supplies

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PHOENIX – The Red Cross has already opened a shelter in Lakeside for evacuees of the Wallow Fire burning in Eastern Arizona. Now the organization is sending much-needed relief supplies, everything from bottled water to breathing masks.

Staff and volunteers spent Tuesday morning packing a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle for the trek to Alpine.

In addition to cots and blankets, the ERV is carrying cases of bottled water, cleaning supplies and personal-hygiene products.

The item in biggest demand right now is masks. Smoke from the Wallow Fire has made the air quality in Springerville, the base of operations for fire crews, and surrounding communities hazardous, according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

For all of the help it provides to those in need, the Red Cross relies on the communities it serves.

“Support definitely comes from the community, first and foremost,” said Nicole Underwood, spokeswoman for the Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. “We have really good partnerships with community members who provide these resources, but we’re 90 percent run by volunteers. This comes straight from the community. Donations come from the community.”

For more information on how you can help or to make a donation, visit ArizonaRedCross.org.

To make a quick $10 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, you can text REDCROSS to 90999. That $10 donation will show up on your cell phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. American Red Cross Disaster Relief helps people affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes and wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world.