A fire can come like a thief in the night.
Sadly, for 130 Charlotteans, this is exactly what happened the evening of Monday, July 17, when an apartment fire engulfed the property and stole these families' homes, displacing all and hospitalizing seven.
In the middle of the night, residents of the Woodscape Apartment Complex in Charlotte, N.C., awoke to smoke, flames and sheer panic. Several were even forced to jump to safety from the third floor, trapped by the fire and becoming injured in the fall. As survival was their only concern, most families left their homes with only the clothes they were wearing, which in most cases were pajamas.
In response, the Red Cross immediately opened a shelter to provide temporary refuge for the victims. The following day was described as humbling.
"What a long, but humbling day," said Emily Davis, chief regional development officer at the Red Cross. "[There were] So many children, one only two months old. But surprisingly all so well behaved for kids being thrown into a scary situation and a new environment."
Food Lion Feeds, a longtime partner of the Red Cross, also stepped in to support their efforts by providing a gift card to purchase dinner for the 130 displaced individuals.
Additionally, Food Lion Feeds provided 130 gift cards for each family member. The gift cards will help these families purchase much needed grocery items and essentials as they work to rebuild.
"We can always count on Food Lion whenever a disaster hits," Davis added. "Food Lion is a fantastic partner to the Red Cross."