More than 40 American Red Cross volunteers from New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley and Westchester County are spending their Labor Day Weekend — traditionally a time to kick back and throw some burgers on the barbeque — providing help and comfort to people in communities across the South who are confronted by flooding, power outages, tornadoes and high temperatures from Isaac, which is now moving north, dousing Arkansas and Missouri.
These dedicated volunteers join more than 3,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers from across the United States who are in the Gulf region to help with this massive Red Cross relief effort that includes food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support for people dealing with this storm. The Red Cross will be in the region for weeks helping people recover and get back on their feet.
Here are some ways in which the Red Cross is helping those affected:
•The night of August 30, more than 4,200 people stayed in 60 Red Cross or community shelters across six states, with most of the shelter populations concentrated in Louisiana and Mississippi.
•As Isaac and its rains move on, the Red Cross is going into more communities daily. More than 200 emergency response vehicles, hundreds of volunteers and truckloads of relief supplies will begin to circulate in affected neighborhoods when it’s safe.
•The Red Cross has served more than 42,000 meals and snacks and is gearing up to serve thousands more in the coming days, working with the Southern Baptist Convention, which has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals.
•In the days ahead, the Red Cross will also be providing people food, water and supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
The Red Cross needs your help now. Red Cross relief services for Isaac could cost as much as tens of millions of dollars. Costs are growing by the hour and the monies raised aren’t anywhere near the millions of dollars needed for the Isaac response.
To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org/donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your generosity will help to bring hope and healing to tens of thousands of people affected by this brutal storm.