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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, January 5, 2004
RI Red Cross Volunteers Respond to 7 Fires and Help 32 Rhode Islanders over the Holidays

American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were busy this holiday season, responding to 7 fires since Christmas Day. All Red Cross disaster services are free, thanks to financial contributions from individuals and organizations, and are available in each of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island as well as 4 communities in Massachusetts. RI Red Cross volunteers provide the necessary relief items, like food, clothing and shelter, to ensure that families will not go homeless due to fire or other disaster. RI Red Cross Disaster Volunteers stand on call 24-hours-a-day 365-days-a-year ready to respond to emergencies in our state.

RI Red Cross response over the holidays was as follows:

12/25/2003 Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers responded to a fire on 19 Lockwood Avenue in Warwick. A family of 2 adults and 1 child required food and clothing which the Red Cross of RI provided on scene.

12/31/2003 RI Red Cross responded to a multi-unit fire on 59 Wisdom Street in Providence. Red Cross volunteers provided food and shelter to 2 adults on the first floor and food, clothing and shelter to two adults on the second floor. The family on the third floor did not require Red Cross assistance.

01/01/2004 RI Red Cross volunteers provided 2 adults with food and clothing after a fire impacted their home at 69 Hunter Avenue in Johnston.

01/01/2004 Red Cross of RI volunteers provided 3 adults with food and shelter after a fire affected their home at 116 Babcock Avenue in Providence.

01/02/2004 Red Cross of RI volunteers responded to the scene of a fire at 12 Clark Avenue in Pawtucket where they provided food and shelter to 2 adults and 1 child.

01/04/2004 RI Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of a fire of a multi-family housing unit at 133 Harrison Street in Pawtucket where they provided food, clothing and shelter to 3 families, including 5 adults and 1 child.

01/04/2004 RI Red Cross was also called to the scene of a fire at 967 Atwells Avenue in Providence and provided 5 adults and 2 children with food and shelter.

The Red Cross of Rhode Island typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.

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