After two destructive house fires in Lowell this April, American Red Cross volunteers set up a shelter on two separate occasions at the Lowell Senior Center for displaced families.
On Easter Sunday, a fire destroyed a 36-unit building, leaving up to 72 Lowell residents seeking help and support from the Red Cross. The shelter provided a roof over their heads, clothing, comfort kits and warm meals over the course of four days.
On April 7, the Red Cross shelter at the Lowell Senior Center, located at 276 Broadway, was reopened to temporarily house the victims of a fire on Willow and Chestnut streets. Volunteers worked with 28 people, including 12 children, to make sure they could find a new place to stay and get back on the right track.
Here is what was provided at the Red Cross shelter for families from both disasters:
Meals served: 443
Snacks provided: 204
Comfort kits: 88
Thanks to all the Red Cross volunteers and local donations to the organization that helped in making these shelters happen.