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Red Cross Helping Those in Need Across the Country
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April 7, 2010

The American Red Cross is providing emergency relief on three fronts – in West Virginia at the site of the tragic mine explosion, in southern California after the weekend earthquake, and in New England where residents are cleaning up after last week’s epic flood.

The Central West Virginia Red Cross Chapter has been on the scene of the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia’s Raleigh County since the explosion occurred on April 5.  Red Cross mental health counselors are providing emotional support and comfort to the grieving families, while employees and volunteers offer food and drinks to the families and rescue personnel.

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter continues to support those affected by the earthquake that shook Southern California over the weekend.  Red Cross is providing shelter, food, health and mental health services to the families displaced due to the earthquake.

Thought the waters have receded, Red Cross volunteers from across the country are still in Rhode Island offering shelter, hot meals, comfort and clean-up kits and emotional support as residents there recover from the devastating flooding. Their presence has been particularly helpful to the Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, where 67 percent of the local volunteers have themselves been affected by this disaster.

You can help by getting involved with the Red Cross.  Become a volunteer and help victims whose lives are disrupted by disaster.  If you can, give blood and help save someone in the hospital who needs blood products during their treatment.  Or, make a contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund and help us provide service to those in need.


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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