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Thu, Feb. 27

Red Cross volunteers help victims and firefighters

With Saturday's hurricane-like winds and the two Hualapai Mountain fires, the American Red Cross stepped in to help residents of Kingman who lost homes or were temporarily evacuated.

Local Red Cross volunteers, joined by volunteers from Nevada, California and other states, arrived to help victims of Saturday's winds, which damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes in outlying areas of Kingman.

A shelter to help victims of the two disasters was set up at the Kingman High School North Campus.

An evacuation shelter set up for Pine Lake evacuees closed Wednesday but assistance to storm victims continues.

"None of our efforts would have worked unless the Kingman Unified School District and personnel at Kingman High's North Campus, community organizations, businesses and individuals pitched into help," Kathy Jenkins of the Red Cross said.

The Red Cross is operating five mobile feeding units called the Emergency Relief Vehicles to serve a 130-square-mile area near Kingman.

As of Thursday, the Red Cross served more than 1,000 meals and snacks.

Another thousand or more meals were served daily to firefighters battling the Dean Peak and Wild Cow fires in the Hualapai Mountains.

Those fires are all but contained as of Friday.

Local department stores, restaurants and motels open their doors to help feed or house victims, Red Cross public information officer Mike Howard said.

The disaster relief agency continues to provide assistance to about 200 residents affected by the windstorm including food, shelter and clothing.

In the Kingman Shadows subdivision, Saturday's windstorm destroyed more than a dozen mobile homes and damaged dozens of others, Jenkins said.

Red Cross officials want to thank business people who came to the high school to help prepare sack lunches and meals for firefighters and storm victims.

Jenkins wanted to thank individuals such as15-year-old Daniel Powers of Kingman, who gave up his free time on his birthday Wednesday to help prepare meals and go to the fairgrounds to help feed firefighters coming off the fire line.

Red Cross assistance is a free service made possible by donations of time and money from Americans.

To donate to the Red Cross, call (800) 257-7575.

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