January 5, 2010
American Red Cross Responds Across Missouri
After New Year’s Eve Tornadoes
Red Cross workers help 209 individuals from 63 families
Springfield, MO – Across the state, more than 40 American Red Cross workers from three Red Cross Chapters responded to provide immediate relief to those affected by the New Year’s Eve tornadoes. The three Red Cross Chapters are: Greater Ozarks (Springfield, MO), Capital Area Chapter (Jefferson City, MO) and St. Louis Area Chapter (St. Louis, MO).
To date, the three Red Cross Chapters provided a combination of food, clothing or shelter to a total of 209 individuals from 63 families in Carter, Christian, Dent, Franklin, Phelps, Pulaski and St. Louis Counties, as well as St. Louis City.
The American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter (Jefferson City, MO) provided Red Cross assistance to 119 individuals from 36 families in three counties:
· Dent County (2 individuals from 1 family)
· Phelps County (47 individuals from 15 families)
· Pulaski County (70 individuals from 20 families)
The American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter (Springfield, MO) provided Red Cross assistance to 13 individuals from three families in two counties:
· Carter County (10 individuals from 2 families)
· Christian County (3 individuals from 1 family)
The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter (St. Louis, MO) provided Red Cross assistance to 77 individuals from 24 families in two counties and St. Louis City:
· Franklin County (20 individuals from 6 families)
· St. Louis City (30 individuals from 9 families)
· St. Louis County (27 individuals from 9 families)
You can help people affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Visit http://www.redcrossstl.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter, 10195 Corporate Square Drive, St. Louis, MO 63132.
About Red Cross Emergency Services:
The American Red Cross provides immediate assistance with food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs in the wake of disasters and emergencies. The Red Cross is able to respond 24/7 and provide a vast array of programs and services throughout the region due to the dedication of thousands of volunteers who give freely of their time. All Red Cross disaster relief assistance is free, thanks to generous public support. For more information about volunteer opportunities, emergency services or a variety of other programs provided by the organization, please call 1-866-206-0256, or log on to the Greater Ozarks Chapter website at http://www.redcross-ozarks.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.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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