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Red Cross Helping 26 People After Weekend Fires

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

FARMINGTON, CONN., November 2, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 26 people – 15 adults and 9 children in five families – after fires Saturday in Cromwell and Sunday in Bristol, Waterford and New Haven.

The Red Cross is helping a family of seven – five adults and two children – after a fire Sunday on Batter Terrace in New Haven. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. Red Cross volunteers John Glendon, Scott Somerville and Geoff Harris responded to assist the family.

The Red Cross is helping four adults with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Sunday on Vivian Street in Waterford. Red Cross volunteers Norma Pabon, Bill Sheehan and James Hendricks responded to assist the residents.

In Bristol, the Red Cross is helping 12 people in two families after a fire Sunday on Park Street. A family of two adults and three children received help with emergency housing and food needs. A family of three adults and four children received help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, as well as baby items. The children in both families were provided stuffed animal toys. Red Cross volunteers Sandra Sorel-LeDuc, Donna Heins, Dave Kloskowski and Bob and Jan Bertolo responded to assist the families.

In Cromwell, the Red Cross is assisting one person with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Saturday on Coles Road. Red Cross volunteers Karl Kuhn, Sandra Sorel-LeDuc and Joe Gavagni 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 residents might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.

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