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By Amanda Hurley, Tucson News Now intern

Families who lost their homes to fires in Arizona over the past few days are now receiving assistance from the American Red Cross' Disaster Action Teams.

Volunteers and staff with the group are working to provide food, clothing and a safe place to stay for the 42 people affected, including 17 children. 

"It's heartbreaking to see a family lose everything, especially during the freezing cold holiday season," said Richard White, Regional CEO for the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. White said there is additional risk of fire associated with this time of year. Space heaters, candles and Christmas trees are all potential fire hazards in a home. He said this is the busiest disaster teams have been for years. 

Two of the families in need are from Tucson. Another two families are from the Tohono O'odham Nation and the fifth family is located in Douglas.

The Red Cross depends heavily on donations and they are asking for financial assistance in order to help these families. 

Donations can be made on their website at www.redcross.org or by calling (520) 318-6740. 

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