SPRINGFIELD, IL,—The American Red Cross Central and Southern Region is helping 41 people including 18 children who were affected by home fires that took place across the region this past weekend. Red Cross volunteers responded to fires in Benton, Bloomington, Eureka, Herrick, Monmouth, Springfield, Urbana and Washington. The Red Cross has responded to over 560 fires in the Central and Southern Illinois Region this fiscal year. After a disaster, the Red Cross works with individuals and families to make sure they have safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and healthcare. In addition to assisting residents affected by the home fires, Red Cross volunteers provided canteen services of bottled water and snacks for responders at fires in Effingham, Monmouth, Saybrook and Strasburg. Overall, canteen services were provided for more than 150 responders.