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Wednesday, September 1, 2004
RI Red Cross assisting West Warwick residents displaced by morning fire
Past two days costly for RI Red Cross, sheltering 29 people from two different fires

RI Red Cross volunteers are assisting residents displaced by a fire early this morning at 1410 Main Street in West Warwick.  The 6-unit dwelling housed 23 residents 18 of whom will require emergency housing assistance from the RI Red Cross this evening.

This morning's fire occurred on the heels of yesterday's fire at the Charles Place Apartments on Charles Street in Providence.  There, the Red Cross staffed a temporary shelter for 50 people throughout the day and provided assistance to 21 people 10 of whom received emergency shelter from the Red Cross last evening.

This is the mission of the Red Cross, but it can be an expensive one, especially as these events occur within hours of each other. The money used to house these residents comes from public donations. The Red Cross is not federally or state funded and relies on individuals and corporations for support.

On average, it costs the RI Red Cross $1,000 per family of four that it assists with emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter and medication. In these past 24 hours, it has cost the RI Red Cross over $7,000 to provide the emergency assistance these Rhode Islanders were in need of. 

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