Grainger workers help close American Red Cross shelter in Lowell

(Left to right) Grainger volunteers Mayank Kapadia, Peter Cicchetti, and Doug Butler, along with Red Cross staffer Betsy Boesch help remove supplies from the Lowell shelter. PHOTO BY PAUL KASTNER

Just after noon today, the American Red Cross shelter set up at the Lowell Senior Center closed after Red Cross volunteers and staff provided relief and support to 72 victims of the Easter Sunday fire over the past four days.

Employees of W.W. Grainger, Inc. – who are also volunteers with the Red Cross’ “Ready When the Time Comes” program during times of disaster – assisted in breaking down sleeping cots and cleaning the shelter.

A total of 21 families have been assisted by the American Red Cross, which included daily meals and snacks, clothing, comfort kits, financial assistance, and finding a play to stay. Any remaining clients from the fire will be assisted by American Red Cross caseworkers, the Salvation Army, and the city of Lowell to find a more permanent shelter solution.  

If you or someone you know is still seeking assistance, please call 1-800-REDCROSS

Red Cross volunteers from Grainger help break down cots used at the shelter set up inside the Lowell Senior Center.

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