HARTFORD, CONN., November 15, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping 39 people – 26 adults and 13 children in 10 families – after a fire Friday affected two buildings on Hamilton Street in Hartford. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs, including assistance for additional warm clothing due to the colder temperatures. The affected children were provided with stuffed animal toys. Another displaced family was not at the scene but has been provided information to contact the Red Cross for assistance when they are able to return.
Red Cross team members Larry Berman, Ginny Brezza, Pat Calcinari, Scott Glenney, Donna Heins, Ann Lankford, Pat Welch and Ginger Flynn assisted the families. “We are grateful to the volunteers who worked throughout the evening to make sure the families affected by this fire had a safe, warm place to stay and help with basic needs,” said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “The work of the Red Cross is powered by volunteers and by donations from the public. We can’t do this work without them.”
The Red Cross is also providing 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.