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Red Cross Helping Seven People After Bridgeport Fire

Red Cross Helping People After Home Fire
Our volunteer teams carry stuffed toys with them on fire responses. In many cases, it will be the only toy a child has after a fire and it can be a real comfort to them.

The American Red Cross is helping seven people – six adults and one infant – after a fire early Friday morning on French Street in Bridgeport.

Four adults in two families are getting help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs. A third family of two adults and one infant is getting help with emergency food, clothing and baby needs, but did not require housing assistance. The Red Cross also provided a stuffed toy for the baby.

“Our volunteer teams carry stuffed toys with them on fire responses,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “In many cases, it will be the only toy a child has after a fire and it can be a real comfort to 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.

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