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Red Cross Continues Helping Families in Two Vernon Fires

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The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs.

FARMINGTON, CONN. July 17, 2014 - The American Red Cross is helping 13 adults and nine children in seven families after fires this week on Cedar Street and Davis Avenue in Vernon.

The Red Cross continues assisting families affected by a fire July 14 on Cedar Street and is also assisting families affected by fire July 15 on Davis Avenue.

In total, 10 adults and four children in five families received assistance after the Cedar Street fire.

On July 14, the Red Cross helped three families.

Two adults received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs

A family of three adults received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs.

A family of two adults and one child received help with emergency housing, food, clothing and baby needs.

On July 16, the Red Cross met with and provided help to two additional families from the Cedar Street fire.

An adult received help with emergency food needs.

A family of two adults and three children received help with emergency food and baby needs.

The Red Cross is also assisting three adults and five children in two families affected by a fire July 15 on Davis Avenue in Vernon.

The families requested assistance today and the Red Cross is providing a family of two adults and two children with help for emergency food, clothing and baby needs. A second family of one adult and three children is receiving help with emergency food and clothing needs.

All affected children were provided stuffed animal toys. The Red Cross also provided comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. 

“We have continued to be available to the families from these fires, said Red Cross Emergency Services Director Patricia Calcinari. “Many times, the needs of families change in the days following a fire and we meet with families on issues that did not immediately affect them.” Calcinari noted that the Red Cross has also helped connect some of the affected families with other organizations that may be able to assist with their recovery needs. “We help families with immediate needs and also use our community connections to help with other needs they may have that can help them complete their recovery.”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.