Many people have inquired about what they can do to help those impacted by the fire at the Ponderosa Apartments that occurred early Sunday morning.
The Howard County Emergency Chaplain’s Corp has advised that the best way to assist the families impacted by the recent fire is through the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.
American Red Cross has been assisting the families affected by providing the following:
* financial assistance for 3-4 days,
* medical assistance for medical devices or pharmaceuticals
* spiritual care
According to Tracy Austin, Executive Director for the Permian Basin Chapter of the American Red Cross, the families are contacted every other day for follow-ups. She advised that the organization does not have the manpower or space to take item donations, but stated that the best way to help is with a monetary donation to the American Red Cross.
Some people have reservations about donating to the ARC because they assume the money will be given to the national organization as opposed to the local chapter, but Austin says that’s not accurate. She told KBest News that the money donated may not go directly to the families affected by the Ponderosa Apartments fire, but it does go to help the local chapter which encompasses 23 counties and covers 30,000 square miles. This is covered by 3 staff members and many volunteers.
College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.
According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.
Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.