It was around 10 p.m. when American Red Cross volunteers responded to a reported apartment blaze at 103 Hart St. in Taunton on Sunday night. We didn’t know how many would be displaced, but we knew there would be a lot of people in need.
As the evening wore on and first responders worked to knock down the fire, volunteers and members of the Taunton Emergency Management Agency set up shelter at the Silver City Galleria, providing residents refreshments and a place to rest.
That night volunteers provided emergency temporary shelter – a hotel stay, to 18 residents burned out of their homes. Volunteers assisted more than 30 at the shelter, handing out comfort kits and funds for food, clothing, shoes and infant supplies. Volunteers returned to the mall the next day, interviewing residents who didn’t make it to the Galleria the night before.
We ended up providing assistance for a total of 34 people, and will continue assisting families however we can. To help us help people like those residents in Taunton, make a donation here.