A week and a half after suffering a heart attack, 62-year old Malek again found herself facing adversity, with her North Texas residence flooded by rising water from heavy rains. Fortunately, she knew exactly where to go.
Julia Malek tells her story of evacuation and need to American Red Cross workers at the Gainesville Civic Center.
Phot Credit: Mark Loeffler
For the second time in a year, Malek turned to the American Red Cross for help.
"We're put on this earth to help each other," said Malek. "The folks at the Red Cross helped me out last year when I lost my home, and now they're here for me again."
In 2006, Malek received Red Cross financial assistance for food and clothes after losing her trailer to fire. Now, after escaping her flooded home with her daughter, she's meeting with a Red Cross caseworker to begin the process of starting all over again.
Like so many other victims of the flood, Malek needs a lot of help. From clothing to cleaning supplies, it's all part of getting back to normal. Amid the piles of debris along the street, evidence of the Red Cross presence in the neighborhood has been reassuring.
"Seeing that Red Cross truck bringing food to my neighborhood sure has made the hard times easier," Malek said. "There's a whole lot of people worse off than myself. I'm sure glad they're here for everyone."
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. You can make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives.