We had a busy weekend this past weekend helping 18 families after fires in Dudley, Worcester and Northbridge. A team of our Red Cross Responders helped a family of eight (2 adults, 6 children) with food and clothing after a fire on Thursday, May on Cross Street in Dudley.
Two more teams of our awesome volunteers responded to two multi-unit fires on Saturday, May 4. The first fire, on Hitchcock Road in Worcester, left three families (7 adults, 7 children) without a home. We helped the families with food, clothing and shelter.
The second fire, on Church Avenue in Northbridge, displaced 14 families (24 adults, 7 children). The Red Cross set up a service center at St. Peter’s Church to assess client needs and worked cooperatively with SMOC to make sure all of the clients had adequate housing. SMOC provided shelter for all of the families. The Red Cross provided food and clothing.
All families were provided snacks at the scene along with comfort kits, containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items they might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. We will be in contact will all 18 families in the coming days to further assist with recovery.
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.