News Briefs: Clergy Association to host Thanksgiving service
to host Thanksgiving service
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Clergy Association invites all members of the Fairfield community to join together in Thanksgiving worship on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road.
Worship this year will be led by clergy and laypeople from Jewish and Christian congregations throughout Fairfield.
State Red Cross
Some Connecticut residents and organizations are chipping in to help victims of California wildfires that have killed at least 42 people and destroyed swaths of property.
On Monday, the state chapter of the American Red Cross announced it was sending five Connecticut volunteers to California to assist in the response to the devastating blaze.
The volunteers — who hail from East Haven, Groton, Mystic, Plainfield and East Haddam — were sent to the Sacramento area to help those affected by the so-called Camp Fire, the deadliest of several wildfires raging in the state.
The state Red Cross may deploy more volunteers, but Stefanie Arcangelo, chief communications officer for the Connecticut Red Cross, said she isn’t sure when that would be. Other organizations in the state continue to monitor what is going on in California, including Fairfield-based Save the Children.
Officials said they recovered the remains of 13 additional victims Monday as teams continued search the burned-out remains of thousands of lost homes. President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California on Monday.