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Lima Red Cross Volunteer Deployed to Mississippi for Tornado

I enjoy going out, I like the people. Since I’m retired I figure why not give back? - Steve Newman

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio disaster volunteer Steve Newman of Lima traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Thursday, Feb. 28, to help assist people affected by the recent tornado disaster. Newman will assess client needs, connect them with available resources, and answer any questions they may have.

The American Red Cross provided shelter and comfort to people in Mississippi where powerful tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes earlier this month. The Red Cross opened shelters, mobilized volunteers and dispatched relief supplies despite damage to a chapter facility and an emergency vehicle.

Newman is a member of the American Red Cross Allen County Chapter Disaster Action Team. This is his third national deployment with Red Cross relief efforts. He was deployed during Hurricane Isaac in August 2012 and again during Hurricane Sandy in November.

“I enjoy going out,” Newman said. “I like the people. Since I’m retired I figure why not give back?”

Donations to the organization enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross of Allen County, 610 S. Collett St., Lima, OH 45805, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The Red Cross spends an average of $345 million a year preparing and responding to disasters across the country and around the world. This includes the cost of maintaining the strong network of staff and volunteers, supplies, response vehicles and technical resources needed to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters each year.

About the American Red Cross:

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, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.