Rooms for Red Cross | VideoJason Dumas | 3/6/2013
Ten hotels in Bismarck and Dickinson are donating over 75 rooms for 2013. In addition to those affected by a disaster, military personnel are also eligible for the emergency assistance.
The Candlewood Suites is one of the hotels that have partnered with the Red Cross. Their rooms offer kitchenettes to make the temporary accommodations feel more like home.
"The rooms are all donated to the red cross. We got 78 rooms that were donated this year and those are things that we don`t have to pay for. We use donations for those, the hotel covers that expense for us," said West Dakota Executive Director Jessica Gilbertson.
Last year, Red Cross volunteers responded to over 160 disaster calls in the region and housed 35 families with an average stay of three nights. The Red Cross has is also partnering with US Bank. The bank has committed to $250,000 a year to help with the cause.