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Red Cross Closes Shelters, Thanks Community Partners

Little girl holding Red Cross blanket in a Red Cross shelter

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has closed all of the remaining shelters and warming centers that were opened after widespread power outages following severe weather on Sunday.

Seven Red Cross shelters were opened on Monday as tens of thousands of homes in West Michigan were left without electricity or heat. Approximately 90 people stayed in or visited Red Cross shelters between Monday and Thursday during the outages.

The American Red Cross would like to thank the following partners for opening their doors to members of the community during this time of need. That includes the First Church of God in St. Joseph, St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lake Odessa, Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Dowagiac Armory Headquarters in Dowagiac, and YMCA Camp Algonquin in Hastings.

The Red Cross would also like to thank Meijer, Consumer’s Energy, AEP, and Michigan Power who all donated goods to various shelters. Emergency management in Kent, Ionia, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Cass, Van Buren, and Berrien Counties also assisted with disaster assessment and shelter support. The United Way 2-1-1 also was extremely helpful by sharing Red Cross information and assisting the Red Cross in determining where shelters were most necessary.

“The American Red Cross relies on the community to help people during times of need like we saw during these power outages,” said Sam Tidwell, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “Whether that’s by giving your time, your money, your resources, or providing space for a shelter, we sincerely appreciate all of those who worked with the Red Cross to give people a safe and warm place to go."

The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. Help people recovering from disasters by donating to the Red Cross at or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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