PROVIDENCE, R.I., December 27, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping 16 people after fires on December 24 in Central Falls and December 26 in Pawtucket.
American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director Paula Montgomery thanked the volunteers that responded to help families displaced by fires during the holidays. “A fire is always a traumatic experience, but at the holidays, it’s especially difficult for families. Thank you to our volunteers who took time from their own celebrations to help neighbors in need.”
In Central Falls, the Red Cross is helping a family of two adults and one child with emergency housing needs after a fire Tuesday on Washington Street. Red Cross volunteers Mike Cote and John Mongelli responded to assist the family.
In Pawtucket, the Red Cross is helping six adults and seven children in three families with emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire on Benefit Street. Red Cross volunteers Mike Cote and Freddy Silva responded to assist the families.
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.