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Red Cross Says More People Asking for Help Because of Winter House Fires

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Those fires related to the cold are increasing the intake at the Red Cross.

Officials at the Yakima Valley chapter say they it is likely they will go over budget because of these winter house fires.  For the fiscal year of 2008, the Red Cross responded to 72 homes and helped 465 individuals.

Max Robinson works for the local chapter.  He says that regardless of the cause, the Red Cross says it is focused on providing help to those who need it.

"Every fire has its own merits so what we are pretty much interested in is making sure that there is a shelter that is available for a short period of time and that they're fed and that they have more something more than a house coat," he said.

The Red Cross says they remain a source of help for anyone who has been a victim of a disaster.  They say their volunteers are handling the work they currently have but are always looking for help in the form of donations.

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