It was a busy weekend for American Red Cross volunteers who responded to several fires around the state.
On Friday, volunteers helped out residents impacted by fires in Lawrence and Norfolk. They responded to Southbridge, where they helped three families with food and clothing needs. They responded to Raymond Avenue in Northbridge, and provided emergency funds for food and clothing to two residents. They then responded to Taunton early Saturday morning, where they provided a family of four with emergency temporary shelter and relief items, like comfort kits.
But that wouldn’t be it for Saturday. Volunteers in Central Massachusetts helped students at Valley View Boarding School after a fire on the campus at 91 Oakham Road in North Brookfield. Volunteers provided 36 students with sweat pants and shirts, blankets and seven cases of water and sports drinks. The Red Cross also provided comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items the students might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.
Later that morning volunteers found themselves in Watertown, where three people were affected by a fire. A little later, volunteers responded to another fire in Brighton where several students were displaced.
On the Cape that afternoon, volunteers provided food and beverages to first responders battling a blaze on Williston Road.
It didn’t slow down on Sunday. Volunteers provided hotel stay, funds for food and clothing to a family of four displaced by an early morning fire at their Bridgewater home. Volunteers responded to another blaze on Endicott Street in Worcester, where they provided hotel stay and funds for food and clothing to four displaced families.
They reported to 112 Main St. in Webster and provided shelter, funds for food and clothing to four families. Later that night volunteers responded to a strip mall at 206 Russell St. in Hadley. There, they served breakfast to 75 firefighters dealing with the fire – which affected not only the mall but two adjoining apartment buildings, and fed residents of a nearby hotel evacuated because of the fire. The apartment residents left the scene but are encouraged to call the Red Cross at 413-737-4306 to receive assistance.
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American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org.