When a fire damages a home or apartment building, often the American Red Cross is on the scene helping displaced families with hot meals and shelter.
For instance 21 people were evacuated after an apartment fire in Winooski last week. The Red Cross put those folks up in a hotel for the night. And this is the Red Cross' busy season. Sixty-five percent of the disasters they respond to happen between the months of November and April.
Funds to provide those services come in part from the Bears and Friends campaign. The stuffed animals are for sale in a number of banks and businesses across our region.
"These are $10 and $5 from each bear after we cover our costs -- $5 dollars goes to help disaster victims in our area. Our goal is to raise $30,000 through this Bears and Friends campaign. We have been doing it now for eight years. We do it throughout Vermont and the Upper Valley in New Hampshire and we are very appreciative of 130 partners banks and retail operations, restaurants -- you name it -- have stepped up to help us," said Doug Bishop with the American Red Cross.
The money raised goes to the Red Cross to help with disaster services.