Midwest River Region - Thursday, June 19, 2014 – The Midwest River Region of the American Red Cross announces a generous donation program at Casey’s General Stores. Customers will have the opportunity to give to the Red Cross at all Casey’s locations in Iowa and Illinois.
“We are so touched by the generosity of our partners at Casey’s General Stores,” said Betsy Pratt, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Midwest River Region. “Every dollar is needed, as thousands of people in the Midwest are struggling to recover.”
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in the affected areas after Monday’s devastating tornadoes, high winds and flooding with shelters, food, water and supplies. The Red Cross has deployed two of its emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies and more are on alert.
Dozens of well-trained American Red Cross workers remain on the scene in hard hit northeast Nebraska towns, like Pilger, to help those affected by Monday’s tornadoes. An emergency shelter was opened to help residents impacted by the storm by offering a safe place to stay, meals and minor first aid.
Volunteers from the Northwest Iowa Area provided assistance to more than 10 people displaced in a hotel fire in Storm Lake Monday night. This is in addition to overnight sheltering for more than 100 people in Cherokee, Rock Rapids and Rock Valley due to flooding in the area from Monday’s severe weather.
The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies like this happen with the help of corporations like Casey’s General Stores.
In the Midwest River Region we responded to help six families in Muscatine County after storms came through the area this week. We will also be sending three volunteers from the American Red Cross of the Tri-States to Platteville, WI today to help individuals who were affected due to storms that hit in that area.
HOW TO HELP If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You may also visit any Casey’s General Store to make your gift.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.