Fires kept Red Cross volunteers busy over long weekend

Eastern Mass volunteers provide shelter, funding for food
Eight people accepted emergency shelter – a hotel stay. Volunteers provided seven comfort kits, toys for two children and diapers, formula and baby items for one baby.

t was a busy weekend for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, as volunteers responded to several fire scenes across the region to assist displaced residents.

Volunteers in Hyannis on Saturday provided a family of five with emergency temporary shelter - a hotel stay, and funds for food after they were displaced by a house fire.

Sunday proved to be busier, starting with two fires in Fall River.

Volunteers first responded to Manchester Street and assisted a family of eight displaced by fire. The family, which included three adults and five children, was provided with emergency shelter – a hotel stay, eight comfort kits – which include items like toiletries and wash cloths, eight smoke packs – strong detergent that removes the smell of smoke from clothing and linen, emergency funding for food and one toy for a 9-year-old.

Volunteers then responded to Rodman Street in Fall River, where 18 people were displaced. Eight people accepted emergency shelter – a hotel stay. Volunteers provided seven comfort kits, toys for two children and diapers, formula and baby items for one baby. Everyone accepted emergency funds for food and clothing.

At a house fire in Lawrence that same day, volunteers provided a family of four with emergency funds for food after they were displaced by a house fire on Boxford St.

On Monday, American Red Cross volunteers responded to 11 Charles Place in Framingham after a house fire displaced a family of four. Volunteers provided the family with emergency shelter – a hotel stay, four comfort kits, two smoke packs and emergency funds for food, clothing and shoes.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out, and to our friends in the media who covered our efforts:

Cape Cod Times

Fall River Herald News

WBSM

WPRI

NECN

Grant Daily

Fox Providence

Framingham Patch

MetroWest Daily News