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2010-09-16 / General Stories

The American Red Cross Needs Help to Help in Aftermath of Floods

In the aftermath of tropical storms, floods, and other disasters in the state of Texas, more than $1 million has already been spent by the American Red Cross this summer - and that is before the expenses associated with Tropical Storm Hermine have begun to be totaled.

Although the rain has subsided, the suffering caused by Hermine is ongoing. Furthermore, the Central Texas Red Cross has identified a shortage of local volunteers in key positions and is in the process of training dozens more who will be able to assist in relief efforts.

“I visited our shelter in Round Rock before dawn on Saturday and had the privilege of personally handing blankets to elderly folks shivering in their wet nightclothes. It reminded me that if we wait to raise money until a disaster occurs those folks would have to spend a long time shivering. Our message has to be that we need training and supplies on the ground before disaster strikes,” stated CEO Marty McKellips.

Over the next couple of weeks the American Red Cross of Central Texas will be asking folks to help us be prepared to help them when disaster strikes. The average peak of hurricane season is September 10. As storms continue to form in the Atlantic we are reaching out to our neighbors for their support. We need donations. People can donate via text by dialing 90999 and texting the word “REDCROSS.” A $10.00 charge will be added to their phone bill and 100% of the money will go to the American Red Cross.

To make a larger donation people can visit www.centex.redcross.org or call 512.928.4271.

Our support staff and CEO of the American Red Cross of Central Texas are available for interviews and comments. We appreciate the assistance of the local media in spreading our message of need.

For further information please contact Amir Roohi at aroohi@centex.redcross.org or 512-413-0021.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes 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 www.redcross.org 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 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.

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