Monday, May 9, 2011

Amazing Examples of Community Spirit

The American Red Cross is gearing up to respond to major flooding along the Mississippi River even as more than 5,000 Red Cross workers continue to help the thousands of people in tornado-ravaged neighborhoods across the South. Potentially catastrophic flooding could occur next week along the Mississippi River, and the Red Cross is responding; thousands of cots, blankets and comfort kits are en route to the area. Shelters are open in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Volunteers and donors across the county have been responding, including Darke County. Several volunteers have been on alert, packed and ready to respond. Last Friday, local volunteer C.W. headed out for a three-week assignment to Tennessee, making this his tenth national disaster assignment. On Mothers Day, Lucy, mother of two, age 95, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of fourteen, left for Tennessee as well. Several other Darke Countians are on stand-by as well, waiting for deployment.

On Monday evening, people interested in beginning their disaster volunteering careers are meeting at the Chapter office to take Disaster Services: An Overview which is a basic level course that provides an introduction to Disaster Services at the American Red Cross. For those who can’t make this class, call or email to be placed on the waiting list for the next class offering at the Darke County Chapter at 548-1002 or email Forecasters warn that flood waters could remain in areas for as long as two weeks, forcing thousands of people to stay in shelters for more than a month. Your help is needed, now is the time to start, join!

Those who want to help the people affected by these disasters, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, but can’t volunteer can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Their gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other disaster assistance. To make a donation, people can visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the Darke County Chapter at 130 Martz Street, Greenville, OH, please mark in memo of check national disaster relief or Spring Storms.

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