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Local Red Cross Donations Growing for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

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Right now, nine Red Cross volunteers from the Greater St. Louis Region are deployed to Oklahoma to assist in the relief efforts.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region would like to thank the local St. Louis area community for reaching out following the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma last week.

Since the disaster, the local Red Cross region has raised more than $540,000 for Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Through the support of local television stations KSDK, KMOV and KTVI, the Red Cross hosted three telethons last week. The Red Cross also joined in on the #STL4OKC initiative, which included drives and support from radio stations Y98, KMOX and Fresh 102.5. The Red Cross relies solely on donations from the public to perform its mission – to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies – so the support of the local media and their followers is crucial.

The Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region would also like to acknowledge the support of local corporations and employees that have reached out since the disaster. These include Ameren Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Edward Jones, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Express Scripts and Maritz. Several individual donors and foundations have donated as well, including Barbara Webster/Lions Choice and Jeff and Jennifer McDonnell.

In Oklahoma, the Red Cross is providing shelter, food, emotional support, relief supplies and recovery support to people in Moore, Shawnee and other communities devastated by tornadoes. Right now, nine Red Cross volunteers from the Greater St. Louis Region are deployed to Oklahoma to assist in the relief efforts. So far this response includes:

  • More than 900 Red Cross disaster workers and 45 emergency response vehicles
  • Serving nearly 141,000 meals and snacks
  • Distributing more than 29,000 relief items
  • Providing nearly 6,300 health services and mental health contacts
  • Shelters are open in Moore and Shawnee in Oklahoma. Nearly 350 people sought refuge in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night.
  • The Red Cross will be in Oklahoma for the weeks and months ahead to help people get back on their feet and recover. You can help support the Red Cross mission by making a donation at redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

    The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.