How the Red Cross is Helping
For the past many weeks now, the television stations and news outlets have been showing us stories and images from the string of disasters across the nation. This spring we’ve seen wildfires rage across Texas, floods destroying homes along the Mississippi and tornadoes devastating entire communities in North Carolina, Alabama, and Missouri.
Across the country, the American Red Cross has been on the frontlines of the disaster response, launching 29 large disaster operations in 22 states since the end of March. Locally we’ve deployed more than 40 volunteers to the various relief operations. In the days and weeks to come, we’ll most likely be deploying more as the Red Cross continues to help in the affected communities.
To give you a quick snapshot of how the American Red Cross has been helping:
- Served more than 2.1 million meals and snacks.
- Opened more than 200 shelters and provided 19,000 overnight stays
- Provided more than 46,000 mental health and health consultations
- Handed out more than 1.1 million relief items like toothbrushes and shampoo, tarps, coolers, rakes and other clean-up supplies.
- Deployed more than 9,100 trained disaster relief workers to help people affected by tornadoes, floods and wildfires.
As tornado watches and warnings continue for much of the Midwest, it can seem like an endless stream of deadly spring weather. But for everything that nature throws our way, the American Red Cross is there to help with the immediate needs of the survivors. Please consider making a donation today to help the thousands of people who have been affected by the multitude of large disasters. The generosity of the American people allows us to be there in the greatest hour of need.
To donate visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Already donated? We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate it…or more importantly, how much the people we’re helping appreciate it. Feel free to email, tweet or link this article to your Facebook to spread the word.