Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lend a helping hand

Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross
Jackson Tornado '08 Flickr
The American Red Cross is hard at work helping families return to their neighborhoods after deadly  storms ripped through the south.  Tornadoes caused devastation and left little remaining so we're there supporting residents, making sure that they have food to eat, a safe place to stay, and someone to listen.  
In addition to these disasters, wildfires have been burning and spreading for days across Texas, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres.   Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground helping the people who have been forced from their homes and making sure that all the emergency responders have enough food and water. 
Hundreds of Red Cross disaster workers and nearly 50 Red Cross emergency response vehicles have fanned out across the wildfire and tornado disaster scenes, opening shelters, feeding those affected, and distributing personal hygiene items and materials to help with the clean-up.  Within the last week and a half they have served more than 43,000 meals and snacks with the support of community partners.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to get help to people affected by disasters like these. Please consider making a donation today to help to those in need. Visit us online, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to:
American Red Cross
Greater Buffalo Chapter
786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

or to

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243

Washington, DC 20013
Interested in becoming one of our volunteers that responds to disasters? Visit us online to learn more about the courses that you need to take in order to respond to the next disaster, click here to view our course schedule, or call us here at the Chapter, 716.886.7500, to learn more.

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