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For Immediate Release
Contact: John-Anthony Bruno
Executive Director
Email:  jabruno@ulsterredcross.org

24-Hour Media Phone: (845) 489-4846
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American Red Cross Opens Shelter in Response to Natural Gas Delivery Situation

(KINGSTON, NY, January 20, 2011) - The American Red Cross of Ulster County is opening an overnight shelter in response to a natural gas delivery complication affecting hundreds of homes in the City of Kingston.  

Red Cross 
Mass Care and Shelter Volunteers will operate a shelter located at the

Midtown Neighborhood Center, located on the corner of Hoffman Street and Broadway in Kingstonfor the duration of the situation:

The Red Cross will provide food, beverages and a safe place to sleep for those who leave their homes. Residents coming to the shelter should bring:

         Bedding for each member of the family (although the Red Cross has some bedding available, we are asking people coming to the shelter to bring their own bedding to ensure we can give comfort to as many people as possible)

         Diapers and formula for children

         Prescription medicines


         Food for special dietary needs


*Please note that the only animals permitted in Red Cross shelters are service animals; for safety and health reasons, we can not accommodate pets.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcrossneny.org or call (845) 338-7020.