It was a busy week for Red Cross Disaster Action teams across the state but an especially busy week for teams in Lawrence, MA, who responded to three fires and a collapsed roof in just two days. On July 15th, heavy rain from two consecutive storms collapsed the roof of a house and on July 16th, three fires occurred in one night leaving a total of 52 people homeless.
Red Cross volunteers were on the scene quickly following each emergency and provided emergency funds to the families to purchase food and clothing. A shelter was also opened at the Robert Frost School where food and comfort were provided to those without an alternate place to stay. Of the 52 displaced people, nine stayed at the shelter and were provided dinner, breakfast, and emergency funds for clothing. The Red Cross also gave each person a comfort kit containing age and gender appropriate personal care items. Red Cross Disaster Services will continue to follow up with the families to assist them with recovery.
The Red Cross provides service to those affected by such disasters entirely free of charge thanks to the generous donations of time and money from our helpful communities. To learn more about donating and volunteering please visit www.redcross.org/ma.