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Williamsville, VT Fire Displaces 3 on Feb 15

If at all possible, Red Cross volunteers strive to meet with disaster victims immediately, knowing that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes.

Today, a Williamsville (Newfane), VT family of three found themselves out of their home after fire struck. American Red Cross disaster services volunteers met with the family -- parents and their 14 year old child -- at the scene of the 41 Oak Hill Road fire. After assessing the family’s emergency needs, temporary lodging and financial assistance were provided.

If at all possible, Red Cross volunteers strive to meet with disaster victims immediately, knowing that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes. In addition to the direct assistance provided, the 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.

The American Red Cross is always seeking new volunteers, an effort that 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 you will need is free and will be provided. To find out more about becoming an American Red Cross volunteer, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or angela.russell@redcross.org.

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 www.redcross.org, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.