Tabitha Kruse, left, and Marie Shultz react after Kruse's dog was saved from the fire on Nov. 20 in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH — Sixteen households — including seven children — were directly impacted by the Nov. 20 fire at City Center Apartments in Long Beach, according to the American Red Cross.

Peninsula Poverty Response in partnership with the Ocean Beach School District is coordinating any and all donations for those displaced by the fire. One hundred percent of the donations will go toward the households. For information or to offer help, email pprinfo@gmail.com or call 360-783-2688. Items may be dropped off at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 U St., or Peninsula Church of the Nazarene, 1301 Pacific Ave., Long Beach; call for donation hours.

Disaster responders with the Red Cross arrived Tuesday afternoon to help fire victims. Although there were no injuries, residents in several cases lost most of their possessions, along with Thanksgiving holiday feast items. The charity provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services, according to a Nov. 21 press release.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

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