Shelter For Sacajawea Apartments Residents Closed Thursday - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Shelter For Sacajawea Apartments Residents Closed Thursday

Posted: Updated:

PASCO, Wash. - For weeks, the local chapter of the American Red Cross has dealt with one of the area's largest disaster response efforts ever.

Last month a fire tore through the Sacajawea Apartments in downtown Pasco. The blaze left everyone who lived there homeless. But literally within minutes, the Benton-Franklin chapter of the American Red Cross stepped in to help. 

The agency set up this shelter at Pasco High School. In total, 464 beds were utilized and more than 2,000 meals were served, among various other needs that were met. 

Typically, a local Red Cross shelter is open for only about 72 hours. The one at Pasco High School was open for three weeks.

"People had been told a week ahead of time so they knew that after they had breakfast today, gather up your belongings. Everyone has a place to go. Everyone. So whether it be with family, whether it's a hotel, a motel, an apartment... They all have a roof over their head," said Kathye Kilgore of the local American Red Cross.

While the Red Cross will always respond to any disaster, the agency is a non-profit and relies heavily on community support. Especially now, with their resources drained from the massive effort. Donations of any kind are appreciated.