The fire was out in 15 minutes, but that’s when the Red Cross work begins.
Volunteers Jerry Mossey and Roland Hatch were dispatched to the Centerville home by Cathy Hatch and Dave Pollock. It was right at the moment most of us were sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, but fate had other plans. They met the Cape Cod man in his slippers, and made sure he and his 15-year-old dog Honey had a place to stay – a hotel room paid for by the donors of the Red Cross.
The keys to the man’s work truck were in the burned building, so Red Cross volunteer Judy Scarafile helped him get clothes and a leash for Honey. Friends helped him attend services at St. Francis in Hyannis, where the community is coming together for their neighbor.
The Centerville man is being taken care of with a fund set up by community members, the Cape Cod Times reports. A Red Cross volunteer will call today to make sure the man’s basic needs are being met as he starts his recovery.
Do you want to be one of these community members who step forward in times of need? Our volunteers are there to support anyone in need after a disaster – be it by phone to send out a team, in person to support first responders and victims of a fire, or in the days ahead as the real work begins. If you’d like to train to be a support in your community, join us at RedCross.Org/MassachusettsVolunteer.