Monday, August 22, 2016

A place to go when there is no place to go!

By Bill Fortune

Sandra's story from the Louisiana floods

It’s been a week after historic flooding in Louisiana devastated tens of thousands of lives, and the work of the Red Cross is just beginning. Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food and comfort right now, and will continue to be there in the weeks and months ahead, helping residents recover from this massive disaster.

· More than 1,700 Red Crossers – including some virtual workers helping online – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are supporting Louisiana relief efforts. In addition, hundreds of local residents have volunteered.

Large disasters like this flooding create more needs than any one organization can meet, and the Red Cross is working closely with the entire response community – federal, state, county and local agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others – to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind the diverse needs of the community.

· Some of these partners include Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Verizon, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Americares, Jet Blue, Operation HOPE, Legal Services Corporation among others.

· The Red Cross will be working closely with partners in the days ahead to ensure people receive the help they need as quickly as possible.

The Red Cross urgently needs you to join us in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today.
· Help people affected by the Louisiana Floods by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.· Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

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