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Local Red Cross Chapter in trouble; fiscal year just began

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- An apartment fire in Kennewick on Sunday displaced dozens of residents, but the Red Cross was there and able to help them.

However, now the Red Cross is in need of help as well. 40% of the Red Cross's annual budget to help people after disasters is already depleted, the local chapter is worried.

On Sunday, a fire completely took out three units at the Woodland Park Apartments, displacing those three families. 58 people needed help ranging from food, to shelter, to water, all of which was provided by the Red Cross and their volunteers.

The chapter spent $12,000 and their fiscal year just started in July. Now, they are left trying to figure out how to get that money replenished.

Jeanne Jelke, the Executive Director of the Red Cross said, "If there's a fire tomorrow we still help the people and figure out how to pay for it later."

Right now, Jelke is trying to figure out which fundraisers they should going to organize to help stay out of the red.

Contributions can be delivered or mailed to 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, by phone at 509-783-6195 or online at www.inwredcross.org.