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Families Working to Recover from Tornadoes and Wildfires


The American Red Cross is going neighborhood to neighborhood in communities hit by the recent tornadoes and wildfires, making sure people have basic necessities like food and water. Thousands of people have been forced from their communities. Many will be unable to return home, everything they owned now destroyed.

The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,000 disaster workers and 50 emergency response vehicles to operate shelters, serve meals, distribute clean-up items and determine what people need to begin to move forward.

The Red Cross is working closely with many other agencies and organizations to assist those whose lives have been changed by the deadly tornadoes and raging fires.

Tide Loads of Hope is providing free wash, dry and fold laundry service to individuals and families in North Carolina. Local residents and visiting relief workers are dropping off their dirty clothes and getting them cleaned free of charge by the Tide Loads of Hope team.

Nestle Waters of North America has donated more than 150,000 bottles of water. In Texas, the water is being distributed to firefighters battling the wildfires. In North Carolina, the water will be distributed throughout communities from Red Cross vehicles, along with snacks and hot meals.

UPS transported the Nestle shipments of water to where they were needed. They also have provided trailers in Geiger, AL for residents to store their belongings. Home Depot stores across the country allow Red Cross disaster workers to get what is needed to help people in the area. Through the Home Depot accounts, the Red Cross can get what is needed, when it is needed.

Some of the other groups who are working with the Red Cross to ensure people have what they need include the Choctaw Nation, North Carolina Baptist Men, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Mennonite Disaster Services, Love’s Kitchen, NAACP, and the National Civilian Community Corps.

In the last two weeks, the Red Cross has provided more than 1,500 overnight stays in shelters set up in more than 20 states. Through the help of community partners, Red Cross has served almost 90,000 meals and snacks and distributed necessities such as personal hygiene items and materials to help with clean-up efforts.

How you can help

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to get help to people affected by disasters. Please consider making a donation today to help to those in need. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.