Red Cross response to hurricanes and fires continues

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

Media Contact:  Nigel Holderby



Local Red Cross Support to East Coast Continues

In addition, Volunteers remain focused on response to home fires.

American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: 11/19/2012

As the Thanksgiving Holiday week begins more local Red Cross Volunteers are answering the call for help to support the American Red Cross response to the east coast. At this time 65 Volunteers from the Southern Missouri Region are on deployment in New York and New Jersey.

Thanks to the generosity of the American people and the commitment of our volunteers, the Red Cross has been able to spend tens of millions of donated dollars providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks and months to come as families get back on their feet. This is likely to be the largest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past 5 years, and we have mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to help people. Right now nearly 5,500 Red Cross workers from all 50 states are supporting shelters, providing food, water and supplies. About 90 percent of these are volunteers.

As the response continues on the east coast, the needs here at home are still being met as well. In the last 19 days volunteers in the Southern Missouri Region have responded to over 30 house fires providing emergency relief to almost 90 people with monetary assistance over $13,000 dollars. The needs at home and afar are great this holiday season. Won’t you help?

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, and hurricanes, 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. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American 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 about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Photo by: Nigel Holderby

American Red Cross Youth Volunteer, South Jersey Region

Andrew Kosinski looks with disbelief at the damage from Hurricane Sandy


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