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Red Cross Assisting 56 Families Displaced by Recent Home Fires

PRINCETON, NJ, May 11, 2015 - The American Red Cross North Jersey Region is currently assisting 167 people in 56 families who have been displaced by recent home fires in East Windsor, Lyndhurst, Paterson, Jersey City, Union City, Newark and West New York, New Jersey.

East Windsor – May 11, 2015
Two members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to assist 12 families displaced by a fire at Windsor Castle Apartments on Devonshire Drive in East Windsor. Volunteers met with the families to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed to 28 people as well as comfort kits containing personal care items.

Lyndhurst – May 11, 2015
A volunteer member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded earlier today to a home fire on Forest Avenue in Lyndhurst that displaced a family of three. Red Cross emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging and food was provided to the family.

Paterson – May 10, 2015
The Red Cross is assisting two families following a fire at their Delaware Avenue homes in Paterson last night. The Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to provide support and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed to six people.

Jersey City – May 10, 2015
Sunday evening, the Red Cross responded to a home fire on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City that displaced a family of two. A volunteer member of the Red Cross Disaster Action team met with the family and provided emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing, as well as comfort kits containing personal care items.

Union City – May 9, 2015
Two Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to help a family of four displaced by a fire at their 35th Street home in Union City. Volunteers met with the families to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging and food, as well as comfort kits containing personal care items.

Newark Fire – May 8, 2015
The Red Cross is assisting a family of three with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing following a fire at their Ludlow Place home in Newark. The family also received Red Cross comfort kits containing personal care items.

West New York Fire – May 8, 2015
On Friday, four members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to provide comfort and emergency assistance to families displaced by a fire at a Hudson Avenue apartment building in West New York. A reception center was opened at Hudson Hall Community Center as a temporary meeting place for families to receive assistance, including temporary lodging provided by the Red Cross and the town of West New York.

The Red Cross had eleven disaster responders available on Saturday at the West New York Middle School who met with the displaced families to provide assistance. The Red Cross has provided emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food, clothing, infant supplies, emotional support and health services as needed to 121 people in 38 families. Comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided to the families.

Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that may provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

All emergency assistance is free to those affected by disasters and is made possible through the donation of time by dedicated Red Cross volunteers and the generosity of the American public.

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.                                 

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 494 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,441 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

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Contacts: 
American Red Cross North Jersey Region
Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)
diane.concannon@redcross.org
Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)
erica.viviani@redcross.org