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LSU, Red Cross team to support Oklahoma relief efforts

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Even the smallest gifts make a big impact. So please do what you can to help.” Bobbi Zaunbrecher, executive director

LSU’s partnership with the American Red Cross during disaster relief efforts continues this weekend as Oklahoma heads to Alex Box Stadium for the Super Regionals.

Red Cross volunteers will be posted at each of the gates before the games to raise money for Oklahoma disaster relief. Fans are invited to drop off coins, cash and checks.

More than two weeks after devastating tornadoes, the Red Cross continues to help people in Oklahoma by providing shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support as people begin to recover.

“LSU fans stepped up in 2011 when tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa as well and gave generously last fall when Hurricane Isaac hit south Louisiana,” said Bobbi Zaunbrecher, chapter executive of the Red Cross in South Louisiana. “We know we can count on them again to support the on-going relief efforts in Oklahoma.”

Among the volunteers collecting donations this weekend at Alex Box will be three who just returned from serving in Oklahoma. Employees of Red Cross partner Dow also will be donning their Red Cross volunteer vests for the fundraiser.

Sixteen Red Cross volunteers from South Louisiana went to Oklahoma, most arriving just a day after the heaviest round of storms.

So far the Red Cross has:

• Deployed more than 1,100 Red Cross disaster workers to provide shelter, meals and supplies throughout the affected communities.

• Served more than 257,000 meals and snacks.

• Distributed more than 46,000 relief items.

• Provided more than 12,000 health services and mental health contacts.

The Red Cross needs your help now. In addition to collecting donations around Alex Box this weekend, gifts can be made by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Checks may be made out to American Red Cross.

“Even the smallest gifts make a big impact,” Zaunbrecher said. “So please do what you can to help.”