On July 10th, The American Red Cross helped residents in the aftermath of an apartment fire at 74 Branch Street and opened a reception center at the Lowell Senior Center at 276 Broadway Street where Red Cross volunteers worked with at
least 55 displaced residents to meet their immediate emergency needs.
Red Cross mental health workers were on site at the senior center helping residents cope with the shock, fear, frustration and sadness that are often felt after disasters like this one. All mental health workers are licensed mental health professionals across several specialties including: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, etc.
The Red Cross will provide emergency funds to the residents for food, clothing and hotel stay with hopes of having all residents relocated by late afternoon/early evening. Residents will also be provided with transportation costs if needed, as well as 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. The Lowell Senior Center provided the residents with lunch that afternoon.
The Wish Project is accepting donations of clothing and other items for those affected by this fire beginning tomorrow. People who wish to donate should collect items today and drop the items off at The Wish Project, 1 Foundry Street Suite A in Lowell starting July 11. Questions about physical donations should be directed to the Wish Project at 978-441-9474.
Concerned family and friends looking to connect with residents affected by the fire may call the Red Cross at 1-800-564-1234.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by donations and the work of volunteers.