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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Sunday, February 23, 2003
Over 400 Red Cross Volunteers Assisting in Relief Effort Following Nightclub Tragedy -- More than 2,500 Meals Served at Family Service Center

WARWICK, RI --- Over 400 registered Red Cross volunteers have been working over the last two days to care for firefighters, police and family members of victims of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

Red Cross volunteers have set up a Family Service Center at the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick to care for the families. Teams of Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers have been joined by Rhode Island clergy as well as teams of grief counselors from Rhode Island's network of Community Mental Health Centers.

Hundreds of family members have spent time at the Family Service Center. Over a dozen local businesses have supplied food, beverages, tissues, playing cards --- even stuffed animals --- to family members waiting for news about their loved ones.

"Red Cross volunteers have been working around the clock to care for their neighbors in need," Barbara E. McGann, CEO, American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. "But we could never have cared for these families without the generosity of local businesses, who have donated their products and services all weekend. Yesterday, someone brought in vases full of brightly colored tulips --- Rhode Islanders have just been so thoughtful."

In addition, Red Cross has delivered food to firefighters, police officers and other emergency service personnel working at the scene of the fire.

Additional Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut and Massachusetts have also traveled to the Family Service Center to assist in the operation.

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