The American Red Cross of Central MA Disaster Action Team has been very busy this weekend assisting people affected by a string of Worcester fires. The team is currently assisting over 30 people following a fire early this morning at 115 Pleasant Street in Worcester. The Red Cross has set up a service center at All Saints Church at 10 Irving Street where they will provide snacks and drinks and possibly meals to those affected. They will also work with each family to determine their immediate emergency needs.
Yesterday, the Red Cross assisted 17 adults following a large fire at 39-41 Irving St. in Worcester. The team arrived at the scene of the fire at nearly 8am in the morning and stayed assisting those affected by the fire until 4:50pm. From a Red Cross Service Center stationed at All Saints Church, the team assessed the needs of those displaced by the fire and provided them with comfort kits including toiletries and other essential items. Fourteen of the adults were provided with resources for food and clothing and 1 person received assistance with shelter. Community Healthlink assisted many with housing and others have found alternate shelter with friends and family.
Friday, August 3, the Red Cross helped three families displaced by a fire at 70 Greenhill Parkway in Worcester. The three families (15 adults, 4 children) were provided assistance with comfort kits and resources for clothing. The Red Cross provided two of the families with resources for shelter. The third family was able to find alternate housing.
“The help we were able to provide this weekend – something to eat, a cool safe place to stay and other essential emergency needs – is great example of our mission in action,” said Dawn Leaks, Red Cross Central MA Regional Director of Communications. “Because of the dedication of our amazing volunteers and the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide excellent services to our community this weekend.”
All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money. Red Cross is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.
You can help people affected by disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS