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Caring Volunteers Set Beat of Red Cross

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Caring for our neighbors, including the littlest among us, is at the heart of the Red Cross.

The heartbeat of the American Red Cross is helping those most in need. It’s being there to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. And during disasters like this flooding statewide, helping those most in need is only possible through the mobilization of hundreds of volunteers.

They are offering shelter to the thousands who have been evacuated from their homes. They are distributing cleaning supply kits, serving hot meals and providing comfort items like blankets. They also are simply taking the time to be fully present to others – to listen to their hearts.

Eight-year-old Jersie Reyes, a resident at the Red Cross shelter at the Bossier Civic Center, was having a tea party with her dolls when Red Cross nurse Stacie Archibald asked if she would like to listen to her doll’s heartbeat.

Jersie was disappointed when she heard nothing from her doll, but her face lit up when she moved the stethoscope and could hear Stacie’s heartbeat. And she was even more excited when she listened to her own.

“Caring for our neighbors, including the littlest among us, is at the heart of the Red Cross,” said Kay W. Wilkins, chief executive of the nonprofit in Louisiana. “That Red Cross mission began with a nurse during the Civil War and carries on with hundreds of thousands of American Red Cross volunteers that serve each and every day.”

Does your heart beat for others? There is a place for you with the American Red Cross, and we need your help. Apply online at redcross.org/Louisiana or call your local chapter. Training is provided.

RED CROSS RESPONSE

Red Cross disaster workers and partners are serving meals and providing supplies in affected communities across the state. Trucks and nearly two dozen Emergency Response Vehicles have served more than 122,600 meals and snacks and distributed more than 28,900 relief items, such as personal care kits, bleach, rakes, mops and cleaning supply kits.

More than 165 people stayed overnight in seven Red Cross or community-run shelters.

The following Red Cross managed or supported shelters were open overnight:

Bossier Parish

• Bossier Civic Center – 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111

Calcasieu Parish

• Knights of Columbus Hall – 1601 Horridge St., Vinton, LA 70663

Ouachita Parish

• Saul Adler Community Center – 3900 Westminster Ave., Monroe, LA 71201

Rapides Parish

• Kingsville Baptist Church – 3911 Monroe Highway, Pineville, LA, 71360

Tangipahoa Parish

• National Guard Armory – 746 E. Railwood Ave., Independence, LA 70466

Washington Parish

• Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church – 510 Avenue B, Bogalusa, LA 70427

A community-run shelter is open:

Caldwell Parish

• Caldwell Parish Community Center – 6539 Highway 165 South, Duty Ferry, LA 71418

HOW TO HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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Eight-year old Jersie Reyes, a resident in a Bossier City, La., Red Cross shelter, was hosting a tea party with her dolls when American Red Cross nurse Stacie Archibald asked her if she would like to listen to her doll’s heart. She was disappointed when she heard nothing from her doll, but her face lit up when Stacie put the stethoscope over her own heart. Then, Jersie was fascinated to listen to the beat of her own heart.

Jersie and her family recently moved to Northwest Louisiana. Although water did not get inside their mobile home, Jersie’s dad, Andres Reyes, said that everything outside was washed away. All of his tools, which are critical for his job as a field technician for Xfinity, were lost. The Reyes family had been living in the shelter ever since the flooding, waiting for the water to recede sufficiently to allow them to return home.