Red Cross Response Rate Up In VT, NH

03/09/12 6:06AM

Disaster services volunteers with the Vermont and New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross have responded to people in need at a rate 20 percent higher this year than last.

Agency officials say they average just over 100 local responses in a year. With close to four months remaining this fiscal year, volunteers have already been called upon more than 90 times.

The latest call for assistance was Wednesday night, when a fire in Montpelier forced four families from their home. The Red Cross helped them with temporary lodging at a hotel and financial assistance for food and clothing.

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