On the morning of Oct. 21, the Arroyo family in Lynnwood had a grease fire in their kitchen and lost all they own. They did not have renter’s insurance and the family was more than devastated.
The fire chief called in a chaplain who works closely with the fire department and he was here within a half hour of the fire. He called the American Red Cross immediately to help this family.
Within 20 minutes of the call, Colleen Coole, a Red Cross volunteer, arrived. She was a godsend. This family was still recovering from a recent tragedy: Their mother at the young age of 35 had a very serious stoke in August of this year. She had just returned to work part time.
Colleen was very reassuring and comforting. She called two of her trainees, and when they arrived they came with teddy bears and treats for the girls. We all sat down and Colleen was able to bring this tragic-stricken family hope. Using her cell phone, she contacted a local hotel, The Silver Cloud, and to our surprise we learned that they would receive a breakfast every morning along with their stay. The Red Cross also provided dinner every night at Denny’s and a $70 coupon for Albertson’s grocery store.
Our apartments, the Chri Mar, had a vacancy to move into. The Red Cross also helped with beds, sheets and some kitchen supplies, along with a table.
Thanks to all of the volunteers, gifts and money that were donated to help all who are in need during a disaster. This family will be able to stay together and now have hope for things to return to normal.
The Arroyo family is from Mexico. They have lived in America for about seven years. The Chri Mar has been their home for the last six. Mrs. Arroyo looked at me and said “It is good to be in America,” and at that moment, I was proud to be an American and felt even more proud of the American Red Cross. Thanks to all of the many people and businesses who help others, and God bless.
Chri Mar Apartments
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