Continuing a nearly seventy year tradition, the President issued a proclamation declaring March to be American Red Cross month. How incredible then that, just three days in to the month, the organization’s disaster services are desperately needed.
The Red Cross has mobilized to provide emergency assistance in eleven states hit by Friday’s tornado outbreak. By Friday evening, their quick response teams had already opened 22 shelters, providing local residents with food, clothes and a safe and warm place to rest. The Red Cross also provides physical and mental health experts out in the field to offer counseling and support through injury and grief. They work with damage assessment teams to calculate the scope of damage done and what it will take to rebuild.
The work of the Red Cross is too important to not help. Here is how you can help fill the need for food, clothing, medical supplies, clean water and experts to help the local residents impacted by the storms:
If someone would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and floods, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief 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 their local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
If you ever need the Red Cross, they will be there for you. Today, be there for them.