Red Cross helps family

CANAJOHARIE — Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to five people after a fire on May 14 on Conway Road, according to a news release.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to four adults and a child, age 17. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

In 2016, the Red Cross responded to more than 400 home fires and other disasters in the 24-county Eastern New York Region. Red Cross staff and volunteers provided assistance, care and comfort to more than 2,000 local residents last year.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free and made possible by the generosity of the public. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small, visit www.recross.org or call (800) RED-CROSS.

To join the Red Cross as a disaster responder, visit www.recross.org/volunteer and enter home zip code and select “Disaster Services” as the area of interest. Local volunteers are needed now to help the Red Cross provide disaster relief across Northeastern New York.

By Patricia Older

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