SOMO’s help to people during 2013 measured in thousands

You’ve had a busy year SOMO!damage  During 2013 volunteers from the Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross were the key to assisting more than 2,200 people throughout the region’s 40 counties.

Your efforts along with Red Cross staffers saw more than 700 cases opened through mid-December. These ranged from single family and multi-family house fires to flooding and tornado disasters.

The Southern Missouri Region responded to more than 600 disasters in its counties, part of the 146 large disaster relief efforts led by the American Red Cross after deadly tornadoes, wildfires and floods in 42 states and territories between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1 in 2013.

“This year, the Red Cross continued to serve the people of Southern Missouri through the dedicated work of its staff and volunteers,” said Chris Harmon, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “2013 was a busy year and we are so very thankful for everyone who supported our efforts to help those in need.”

National deployments by southern Missouri volunteers and staff amounted to 1,065 days total during last year. These ranged from continuing work after Superstorm Sandy to Oklahoma and Illinois tornadoes and flooding in Colorado among others.

In the SOMO Region widespread flooding affected several areas in early August. From Waynesville to Hollister and other areas, 46 Red Cross staff and volunteers launched relief operations to assist more than 40 people in shelters that were open for days. Red Cross workers realized the need for help and compassion and were there to provide it.Red Cross Volunteers

“When you add the stress of losing your home to whatever might ail you when you come here, it just really escalated for these folks, and they needed a little more attention,” Red Cross volunteer shelter manager Mike Miller told KYTV news at the St. Robert Community Center during the flooding.

The work of the American Red Cross is made possible by donations. Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent by mail to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross via 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Story by Don Underwood, SOMO Red Cross Public Affairs volunteer

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