American Red Cross aids 12 after Port Leyden fire

WATERTOWN, NY – Volunteers from the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to twelve  people after a multi-family fire on Sunday afternoon on River Road in Port Leyden (Lewis County).

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to three adults and nine children, ages18, 17, 13, 12, 12, 10, 10, 10 and 5. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals for the children. 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.


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