In the last weeks of 2015, the Southern and Great Plains regions of the United States experienced severe weather, including tornadoes and flooding, that are unusual for the winter season. In Missouri and Illinois, American Red Cross volunteers set up shelters for those displaced by the storms, providing food and healthcare, and comforting survivors. In response to this situation, the Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region sent Donna Hathaway, David Kemp, Henry Lesieur, and Pamela Pratt to Texas.
Donna Hathaway, a volunteer responder from the Uncasville area of Connecticut, traveled to Dallas, Texas to serve as a Health Services Supervisor. Joining Donna were local Red Crossers, Henry Lesieur of Pawtucket, Rhode Island a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor, Pamela Pratt of Waterbury, Connecticut, a Disaster Mental Health Service Associate and David Kemp of Vernon, CT David was just north of Dallas visiting family when the tornado sirens went off. When David received the all clear he drove to the Dallas Red Cross office where he set out in an Emergency Response Vehicle delivering bulk supplies such as shovels and gloves into Copeville, Texas.
In Texas, people are cleaning up after the destruction left by the holiday storms. The Red Cross has provided sheltering and food, along with relief supplies and mental health services. Little by little, those who have lost everything are piecing their lives back together.
The Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region would like to thank our dedicated volunteers for providing their expert services to the victims of these disastrous storms.
If you would like to help Red Cross Disaster Relief, you can make a donation by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.