PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) – Pawtucket residents who lost their homes and possessions in the fire that started in a vacant mill are getting some help from toy maker Hasbro Inc.

The Pawtucket-based business on Saturday donated $25,000 to the Red Cross to help pay for an emergency shelter for those affected by the fire at Greenhalgh Mills. The money is also intended to cover some of their longer-term needs.

The shelter has been set up at a local school. Twenty-five people spent Friday night there.

“These are people who live where we have our facility, and it’s very important that someone reaches out to try to help,” said Hasbro spokesman Wayne Charness.

The company’s facility is about a mile from the fire site, he said.

AP-ES-11-15-03 1507EST

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