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Canaan, NH Residents Displaced by Overnight Fire

Red Cross responding to home fire
Local Upper Valley response comes on heels of local volunteers talking about global reach of the American Red Cross.

An early morning fire at a Route 118 home in Canaan, NH displaced four residents. Red Cross volunteers with the Upper Valley Disaster Action Team responded to the call, meeting with the affected residents and providing financial assistance to help with food and clothing lost in the fire.

Just the night before, Cristina Hammond and George Sykes, who also volunteer with that same Upper Valley Disaster Action Team, gave a talk entitled “From Hanover to Haiti,” reflecting upon their roles as local volunteers who have also served in an international disaster relief capacity on behalf of the American Red Cross. Both Hammond and Sykes discussed how their incredible international experiences started with, and continue to involve, service with the local Disaster Action Team. Their talk, the ongoing relief operation in Oklahoma and this morning’s fire demonstrated the truth to the oft used Red Cross adage that our organization works to alleviate suffering Down the Road, Across the Country and Around the World.

Red Cross volunteers with the 12 Disaster Action Teams throughout our region strive to meet with disaster victims immediately, knowing that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes. In addition to the lodging, food and clothing support that is traditionally provided by the Red Cross, volunteers offer referrals to state, local and charitable resources in the area that can help the impacted residents as they begin their difficult road to recovery.

A vibrant volunteer corps helps the organization maintain its ability to provide timely and compassionate assistance to people across our region who have been impacted by disaster. To be a part of our group of dedicated volunteers, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided. To learn more about the American Red Cross volunteer experience, go to or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or

To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.