American Red Cross Helping 11 People After Providence Fire

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The American Red Cross is helping 11 people – six adults and five children – in three families after an early morning fire on Van Buren Street in Providence. The Red Cross provided help with emergency food needs for all three families and provided temporary lodging for one family of two adults and two children.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits, containing age and gender appropriate 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. Children's kits include a stuffed toy.

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.

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