Disaster relief center opens for Chesapeake fire victims

13News Now Janet Roach spoke with United Way South Hampton Roads Chief Operating Officer Bill Reid.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- On Thursday the Red Cross opened a disaster resource center to help the residents impacted by the deadly fire at the Chesapeake Crossing Senior Apartments.

The center is at New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Chesapeake (1765 South Military Highway). It will open at 9 a.m. every day until Sunday.

The center is a  one-stop-shop for fire victims to find the resources they need to recover. The Red Cross says it's the most effective way to help those in need.

"When there's a large fire like this one -- a multi-family fire -- it works better for us to create a hub, so that everyone can come to it and get all that help all at once," said Marissa Nihill, the executive director of Coastal Chaptr Red Cross.

City officials said that if people would like to make a monetary contribution to help survivors of the fire, they can make it to United Way or Red Cross.

A fund has been created through the donation page of the United Way of South Hampton Roads' website. Once there, people can check "Apply this gift to a specific program or cause," then select "Chesapeake Fire Victims" from the dropdown menu. 

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