2012 Assistance is a Gift


Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact:  Nigel Holderby









Red Cross Assistance is a Gift


American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 3/31/12


Tornadoes can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Did you know that across the state of Missouri there have been tornadoes reported every month of the year? In an average year 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries.  Fires are another form of disaster that respect no season. From a grass fire that got out of control to a single family house fire or multiple unit apartment fire, we see them regularly. A fire can happen any time, day or night, and we respond to an average of 2, every day, across our Region.


When a disaster threatens, the Red Cross prepares. When disaster strikes, the Red Cross responds. The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We most often find people in their darkest hour, from communities where violent and deadly tornadoes have caused miles of loss, to families who have lost everything in a fire.  Each disaster is no less devastating than the other.


Across the 40 counties in the Southern Missouri Region, the Red Cross has already responded to multiple tornadoes and fires this year. In the first 3 months, January – March, of 2012, we have already served 1055 affected individuals with emergency food, shelter and supplies. That is almost 12 people per day who along with a need for monetary assistance to replace the tangible items necessary to live, are in need of hope. Hope for a better tomorrow; Hope of recovery from the devastation of disaster.


All assistance provided by the Red Cross is a gift. It is through donations from businesses and members of the community that this type of response is possible. Our fundraising team of volunteers and staff are hard at work each year to provide fun opportunities for people to support the work of the Red Cross. This year we are excited to invite you to see Jo Dee Messina LIVE at our Save Lives, Give Hope Benefit Concert on April 12th. The concert will be held at the O’Reilly Event Center on the Drury University Campus in Springfield, MO.


As a VIP ticket holder to the Concert Event you will be able to bid in the very special silent auction with many one-of-a-kind items to support a one-of-a-kind mission. Items include a beautiful pair of Dan Post ladies boots signed by Jo Dee Messina, a “Moneyball” movie poster and baseball signed by Springfield native, Brad Pit.


As a general admission ticket holder you will have an opportunity, the night of the concert, to bid on one of four seats on stage with Jo Dee and her band during 2 songs that night! Doors open at 7:00 pm so get there early and get your bid in to win!


Get your tickets now at www.drurytickets.com of which 100% of the ticket price will be donated to Disaster Relief.


The benefit concert is just one of many ways that people can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and devastating fires. Watch for upcoming events and get involved with the 5K Run for “Red”iness in June, or if you are a golfer check out the Red Cross & State Farm Disaster Open to be held in July!


Follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/OzarksRedCross for more details on upcoming events and for information about how YOU can get involved and remember; everyone can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


About the American Red Cross:

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.




In Service,


K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer


American Red Cross

Southern Missouri Region

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p) 

(417) 207-6349 (c)




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