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Red Cross Assists Three Displaced by Freeville Fire

ITHACA, N.Y. (Nov. 7, 2013) — Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross of Tompkins County provided assistance Wednesday to a family of three displaced from its home by a fire at 505 Sheldon Road, Freeville.

The volunteers provided food, clothes and temporary lodging for the family. The volunteers remain available for emotional support and counseling, and will offer referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance to the families during their recoveries.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to emergencies and disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of the survivors. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are always needed and those interested should contact the American Red Cross of Tompkins County (607) 273-1900 or register online at www.redcross.org/ny/ithaca/volunteer.

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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.