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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, January 13, 2003
American Red Cross Assists 38 People Over the Weekend -- More than 80 Fire Victims Assisted Since Last Week

American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers were called to the scene of four fires this weekend. In total, the Red Cross provided 38 people --- eight families --- with emergency food, clothing and shelter.

When combined with last weekend's three large-scale fires, the Red Cross has assisted 82 people since last Sunday. Fires this weekend include:

Friday, January 10th

  • 58 Shippee Street, West Warwick: Two adults and three children received meals and lodging.
  • 400 Broadway, Pawtucket: Red Cross assisted two families initially --- five adults and five children --- with hotel lodging  and meals. An additional adult required assistance on Sunday.

Saturday, January 11th

  • 94 Logan Street, Warwick: One family an adult and teen --- received clothing and groceries. They are staying with relatives.
  • 131 Hudson Street, Providence: Three families --- twenty individuals --- received food clothing and shelter.

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is not a government agency and relies on private donations to assist Rhode Island fire victims. If you would like to make a contribution, you can visit www.riredcross.org to use your credit card. You can also call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-1122 or mail a check to the Red Cross at 105 Gano Street, Providence, RI 02906.

In 2002, American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers responded to 189 fires, providing 1,179 Rhode Islanders with emergency food, clothing and shelter. The Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free.

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