PATERSON, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is currently assisting 29 people displaced by two home fires today in Paterson, New Jersey.

Rose Street Fire

Four volunteer members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to a fire on Rose Street in Paterson to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs to 16 people in five families displaced by the fire. Blankets and comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided.

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Harrison Street Fire

While response was ongoing with the Rose Street Fire, three additional members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to a fire on Harrison Street in Paterson to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs to 13 people in two families displaced by the fire. Blankets and comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided.

Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that may provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

All emergency assistance is free to those affected by disasters and is made possible through the donation of time by dedicated Red Cross volunteers and the generosity of the American public.

 Help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation towards disaster relief.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping more than 1,800 displaced families; collected more than 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 3,500 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 116,100 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.