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Red Cross Helping Seven People After Providence Fire

Helping families in need after disasters is at the heart of the Red Cross mission.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., DECEMBER 4, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping a family of one adult and six children after a late afternoon fire on Fenway Street in Providence. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing and food needs. Responding to assist the family were Red Cross volunteer Mike Grimmer responded with Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director Paula Montgomery. The Red Cross provided stuffed animal toys to the affected children.

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. 

Montgomery said this afternoon’s response was her first since joining the Red Cross less than a month ago as the Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director. “Helping families in need after disasters is at the heart of the Red Cross mission,” Montgomery said. “In my new role with the Red Cross, I was honored to have the opportunity to help and to respond with Mike Grimmer, who is a wonderful example of the dedication, professionalism and compassion our disaster responders exhibit in the 200 local disaster responses we average each year.

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