The American Red Cross is helping four families, 20 people, displaced by early morning fires in Paterson and Newark.

A member of the Red Cross Disaster Action team met with three families affected by a fire at their 5th Avenue home in Paterson. The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance in the form of food and clothing for 12 people. All families are staying with relatives or friends.

In Newark, the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to the scene of a fire on Evergreen Avenue to provide emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as need for the one family, eight people, who have been displaced. 

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Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will 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.

 

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.

                                       

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 494 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,441 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.