Red Cross provides shelters, comforts of home

The American Red Cross set up two shelters to accommodate residents displaced by Thursday night’s fire, including one at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, a Red Cross spokesman said.

All evacuated residents requiring overnight shelter were directed to the recreation center located at 251 City Park Way at Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno.

For those people who are still trying to locate family members or make other accommodations, a second shelter was set up at the Church of the Highlands to act as a receiving center, Red Cross spokesman Steve Sharp said.

The church is located at 1900 Monterey Dr. in San Bruno.

Scores of displaced residents have already made other arrangements, avoiding the need to stay in the shelters. “We’ve had several hundred people show up at the shelters, but we’re only going to house thirty,” Sharp said of the relatively low demand for overnight housing.

Comfort kits provided by the Red Cross include bathroom accessories and blankets, and the agency is also providing support for infants and assistance for those people with severe medical needs.

“We have a lot of assets,” Sharp said.

The outpouring of community support, manifest by dozens of volunteers who have been showing up at the scene to help, is not the best way to help, Sharp said. Instead, people can make the most impact by donating money online at the Red Cross’ website at american.redcross.org. |

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