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Red Cross Helping 20 People After Holiday Fires

Thank you to all the Red Cross team members responding during the holiday to help neighbors in need.

FARMINGTON, CONN., November 29, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping 20 people after three fires between November 27 and November 29 in Waterbury, New Haven and Middletown.

In Waterbury, the Red Cross is helping a family of two adults and four children with emergency housing and food needs after a fire Wednesday on Wyman Street. The displaced children were provided with stuffed animal toys. Volunteers Ed Briggs and Kathleen and Michael Eddy responded to assist the family.

In New Haven, the Red Cross is helping 12 adults and one child in eight families with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a multi-unit fire on Warwick Street on November 28. Red Cross volunteers John Glendon, Lionel Dunlap, Laura Beltran, Jennifer Atkins and Red Cross staff person Sue Parker responded to help the displaced families.

In Middletown, the Red Cross is helping one adult with emergency housing and food needs after a fire Friday morning on Broad Street in Middletown. Red Cross volunteers Beth Anderson and Robin Cooley responded to help the displaced resident.

The Red Cross is also providing to all the displaced residents 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. 

“Thank you to all the Red Cross team members that responded during the holiday to help neighbors in need,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “A fire is always traumatic, but to suffer this displacement on a holiday is especially hard. We are fortunate to have team members willing to respond 24/7 to help in their community. And we are grateful to the donors who make this assistance possible.”

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