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Red Cross Helping 10 People After Weekend Fires

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

FARMINGTON, CONN., January 19, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping 10 people – six adults and four children in three families – after fires over the weekend in New London, Bridgeport and Lyme.

In Lyme, the Red Cross is helping a family of four people – three adults and one child – with emergency housing and clothing needs after a fire Saturday, January 18, on Sterling City Road. Red Cross volunteers Robert Jones, Janet Ostricker Jones, Dermot McNamara and Robyn Glennon responded to assist the family.

In Bridgeport, the Red Cross is helping a family of two adults and three children with emergency food, clothing and household needs after a fire Saturday, January 17, on East Main Street. Red Cross volunteers Joan Miller and Louise Custodio assisted the family.

In New London, the Red Cross is assisting one person with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire Friday, January 16, on Jefferson Avenue. Red Cross volunteers Cindy Samul, Dermot McNamara and James Hendricks responded to assist the resident.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Also provided was an envelope of information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.

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