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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota – Seven apartments were destroyed at the Windsor Gates Apartment in Brooklyn Park when a severe fire started Tuesday, June 22nd. In addition, about 25 residents were displaced. State Representative Mike Nelson, Brooklyn Park, applauded the work of dozens of firefighters who helped put out the blaze and ensure the safety of everyone inside. “Anytime you have a fire like this you first have to take comfort in the fact that one was hurt badly," said Nelson. With over two dozen Brooklyn Park residents rendered homeless from the blaze, Nelson called on area residents to pitch in to help out their neighbors and community members. “There are families who lost everything in this fire,” said Nelson. “As a community, we need to rally around them and do what we can to help them recover.” Nelson released information on the following ways you can help. Red Cross - Disaster Assistance If you need Red Cross Disaster Assistance, call 612-871-7676 United Way – Twin Cities – Disaster Aid Getting help is easy. There are three ways to reach the free and confidential food information service from United Way, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week: Just dial 2-1-1. Cell phone users call 651-291-0211. Dial 1-800-543-7709 for the toll-free line. Red Cross – Local Disaster Relief Fund People can help those affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund. (612) 460-3700 Twin Cities Area Chapter NW 5597 PO Box 1450 Minneapolis, MN 55485-5597 Food Shelves People can help by contacting our local food shelf. Community Emergency Assistance Program 763 -566-9600 6840 78th Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Salvation Army For information on how The Salvation Army is assisting in local and national disasters, or how you can be a disaster volunteer, visit: or send an e-mail to: LSS Disaster Services Following a major domestic disaster, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) works together with the national office of Lutheran Disaster Response to bring help, hope and healing to disaster survivors and their care givers. 2485 Como Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 1-800-987-0061 or 651/969-2345 FAX 651/969-2360