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Volunteers tend to Boston Marathon disaster response, local fires

Red Cross volunteers assist fire victims

As nearly 200 volunteers tend to the Boston Marathon disaster response, others have been helping local families in times of need.

American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts volunteers responded to five fires throughout the region this week – assisting individuals dealing with burning homes.

In Revere on April 18, volunteers provided ten people with emergency temporary shelter at a hotel and funds for food and clothing. They also helped a single resident displaced by fire in Tyngsborough later that night.

In Wilmington the next day, volunteers put three people into a hotel after they were forced out of their home by fire. They followed up with a family after a fire in Hyannis, and on Saturday morning provided food, water and coffee to about 50 first responders battling a 5-building blaze.

Our dedicated volunteers stop at nothing to help someone in need, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of them.

Do you want to become a Red Cross volunteer? Visit to sign up.