Support for Westbury Apartment Fire continues

Red Cross Opens Shelter in Westminster, CO For Westbury Apartment Fire

Update: Sunday, July 29, 2018, Noon – The Red Cross has closed the shelter that was opened for the people displaced by the Westbury Apartment Fire. All of the people residing at the shelter have found other living arrangements. The Westbury Fire Donation Center at the Rodeo Market, 3915 W 73rd Ave, Westminster, CO remains open for anyone wishing to donate items or money. It will will be operating through August 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be collecting donations seven days a week. See the list below for needed or suggested donations.

Over the past seven days the Red Cross has worked closely with local officials to support those people that were displaced by the fire. Shout out to our partners, The Salvation Army, the city of Westminster, the Westminster Fire Department and The MAC for their partnership and support. Also, a big shout out to the people who donated items that were given to the displaced families.

If you were displaced by the Westbury Apartment Fire in Westminster and have not reached out to the Red Cross for support you can call (800) 417-0495.

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Update: Sunday, July 29, 2018, 9 AM – The Red Cross continues to support the people displaced by the Westbury Apartment fire. Two people stayed at the shelter Friday night and five people stayed at the shelter Saturday night. The shelter is located at The MAC in Westminster.  Food at the shelter was being provided by our partners, The Salvation Army.

Our caseworkers have been working hard to make contact with those affected. To date we have opened 72 cases to support over 150 people, including children. We have met with the clients who were hospitalized and have provided support for people with medical or other special needs. Our Disaster Mental Health professionals have meet with many of the families to provide comfort and emotional support.

The shelter may close this afternoon but that decision will be based on the shelter residents finding other living arrangements. An update will be provided if and when the shelter closing announcement is made. If it remains open tonight the shelter will close by noon on Monday. The Disaster Assistance Center will remain open for the next week or so to help those people displaced or affected by  the apartment fire find additional resources.

Support continues from the community and there are still ways that you can help. See the list below from earlier updates for details.

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Update: Thursday, July 26, 2018, 4:45 PM – The Red Cross shelter at The MAC in Westminster will remain open tonight. Overnight Wednesday only 1 person stayed at the shelter.

This shelter is open to help those people displaced by the Westbury Apartment fire.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 26, 2018 –

A donation center has been set up for people affected by the Westbury Apartment fire.

How you can help

The Westbury Fire Donation Center will be located at the Rodeo Market, 3915 W 73rd Ave, Westminster, CO 80030 and will be operating July 26th through August 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be collecting donations seven days a week.

Donation items needed:

  • Personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, combs, shaving cream, razors, feminine hygiene products, basic first-aid kits, and laundry soap
  • NEW clothing: new underwear, new socks, new jeans, new t-shirts, new sweatshirts, new jackets/outerwear, and new shoes – *these items are needed in ALL men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes
  • NEW bedding and linens: blankets, sheets, pillows, towels, and wash cloths
  • NEW housewares: dishes, flatware, pots, pans, cups, cooking utensils – *disposable dishes, cups, and flatware will also be accepted
  • Food: any non-perishable food items. Pet food will also be accepted.
  • Gift Cards: gift cards to your favorite grocery or all-purpose stores – increments of $20 or less are preferred

***People wanting to make financial donations are asked to direct them to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or a service or volunteer organization that you know and trust. Online donations can be made at www.helpcoloradonow.org

Donation items that will not be accepted include furniture, used mattresses, or any outdoor equipment/pieces.

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Denver, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 4:15 PM – The Red Cross will open a shelter for people affected by the Westbury Apartment Fire that forced people out of their homes Sunday, July 22, 2018. The shelter will be open at 6PM. Anyone affected by the Westbury Apartment fire in need of temporary housing should go to the shelter for support.

The shelter opens at 6PM and is located at:

The MAC

3295 W. 72nd Ave,

Westminster, CO 80030

The shelter will be opened to help support those people that continue to have unmet needs and to help them move forward toward recovery.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.