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Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross Needs Donations 

Members of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to five fires in the past week. Four in the past 48 hours.On December 15th, fire tore through Henry Murdoch’s two unit apartment in Dexter.Sunday night, fire destroyed a home and business in Trenton.Monday, eleven people were displaced when their apartment building on Center Street in Bangor went up in flames.” We stood there apparently for over four hours watching our house burn,” said Amy Littlefield.Members of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross were at all the fires, helping victims.”What we do is provide the means for them to get back on their feet the first few days after a disaster, but we’re certainly not giving them what they need to continue to try to do that. It’s tough,” said Gretchen O’Grady, Emergency Services Director of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross.Amy Littlefield lost nearly everything in the Center Street fire. She couldn’t find her cat Lilly, but the night of the fire, she went back and found Lilly safe, under a couch.”She had climbed up in there and protected herself and she came out just before we left,” said Amy Littlefield. Littlefield says she’s blown away by the kindness and support from the Red Cross. ” Unbelievable people, unbelievable people. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have them there to help us. With a roof over our head, some clothes cause we lost all of our clothes. We had nothing,” said Littlefield.The Red Cross relies on donations from the community to provide help during the toughest times. “All of that money stays within our seven counties and goes back to families who are in need,” said O’Grady.O’Grady and Littlefield say they hope Mainers can find a way to donate to the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross this season.” My cat’s ok. The other people in my building are ok and they’re being taken care of and I really appreciate everything they did. I really do,” said Littlefield.”A disaster such as losing your home, your shelter, your food, your clothing. There is no greater disaster to any family and to be able to serve the people in your local area that’s what a donation to the Pine Tree Chapter does,” added O’Grady.If you’d like to make a donation to the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross you can send donations to its office at 73 Hammond Street in Bangor, 04401. You can also visit www.pinetreeredcross.org or call 941-2903.