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Red Cross
 
June 25, 2008

Red Cross workers have been there for the people affected by recent tornadoes and floods—with a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, a hot meal or simply a kind word.

Tornadoes and floods have pummeled Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and West Virginia.

Teamster's Semi is Ready to Roll.  Credit: Douglas Lent
Teamster's Semi is Ready to Roll. Credit: Douglas Lent

Kim Lopez takes a break from filling sand bags.  Credit: Jeffrey Biggs
Kim Lopez takes a break from filling sand bags. Credit: Jeffrey Biggs

The American Red Cross is on the ground, helping.

Disaster response is a kaleidoscope of people and activities. People needing services. People providing services. Sheltering. Feeding. Case work. Mental health support. Clean up kits.

More than 4,000 Red Cross workers have been there for those affected by the disasters—with a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, a hot meal or simply a kind word.

Read about some of these people—those who are giving their time to the Red Cross as volunteers—and those who are able to begin rebuilding their lives because of the generous financial support provided by the American people.

  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hundreds of Teamster truck drivers cover thousands of miles as volunteers, making sure flood victims get the supplies they need.
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  • Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Volunteers working through the Trinity Baptist Church prepare more than 14,300 meals since opening a field kitchen.
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  • Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Kevin Becker uses his boat to deliver Red Cross meals to people trapped at remote sites.
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  • Gulfport, Iowa. David Bridgeman checked into a Red Cross shelter when flood waters forced him from his home.
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  • Columbus, Wisconsin. A Red Cross clean up kit and information about sanitary water are just what John Snyder needed to start recovery.
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  • Marshalltown, Iowa. After a tornado tore their home apart Amy and Irvin Haan and their children ate three meals a day at the Red Cross kitchen.
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  • Jefferson, Wisconsin. People filling sandbags appreciate the arrival of Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles offering water, lunch and snacks.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.


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