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Volunteers Reach Out During the Holidays
Springfield, MO – Tis the season when we remember friends and family with cherished gifts, attend a party or two, and cook our favorite meals. But if you are a member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) at the Greater Ozarks Chapter, you are probably more focused on helping those people who have lost their homes in the last couple of weeks due to fires.
Yes, it is a devastating loss, and for most people it is difficult to think about starting over during the holidays. But one can always take comfort in knowing a Red Cross volunteer was on the scene within one hour of notification from the fire department or 911 to offer comfort and hope, a warm blanket, and a teddy bear to a child who just lost everything. As Kathy Dennis, Disaster Action Team Supervisor said, “Being a part of the Disaster Action Team will change your whole life. It is very rewarding.”
Long after the fire department is gone, caseworkers will follow up with those individuals that experienced a devastating loss and help them begin their recovery process.
In the last 8 days volunteers have responded to 14 fires in 9 counties served by the chapter. Forty individuals were provided with help for temporary shelter, food, clothing and medical needs such as prescriptions and eye glasses.
We can all take comfort in knowing that our Red Cross will be there in times of need. Whether it is 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. a volunteer will respond to the call for help and be there to assess emergency needs. For more information on joining the Disaster Action Team or learning about how to be prepared for emergencies, log on to www.redcross.org or call your Greater Ozarks Chapter toll free at 866-206-0256.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Public Information Officer
Financial Development Assistant
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO. 65803
417-832-9500 EXT. 107
Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107
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