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Red Cross to Distribute Clean-up Kits to Storm Victims

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 8, 2014 — On Wednesday, July 9, the American Red Cross of West Michigan will begin distributing clean-up kits to members of the community whose homes were damaged during this week’s storms. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Red Cross volunteers will be handing out clean-up kits at the Red Cross shelter at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE.


Clean-up kits include mops, scrub brushes, shovels, and cleaning chemicals and other items that will help residents their homes upon return from a disaster. Tarps will also be available for residents who need to cover damaged portions of their homes. Individuals must provide a proof of residence (e.g. driver license, mail, or lease) in order to receive a clean-up kit and tarp. Only families whose homes were damaged in the storm are eligible to receive clean-up kits.


In addition, residents affected by the storm are encouraged to visit the shelter and speak with a Red Cross representative about how the Red Cross can help meet their needs in recovering from the storm's damage. Red Cross caseworkers will be on hand to meet with families and discuss their options for assistance.


“The Red Cross has a number of resources available to assist families after a disaster,” said Chip Kragt, Director of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “If your home was damaged in the storm, please come see us for help.”


The Red Cross is in communication with local officials and the shelter at the Kentwood Activities Center will remain open as long as necessary. Residents who were affected by this week’s storm are encouraged to visit the shelter for food, water, and a place to stay.


You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a financial contribution, visit, text REDCROSS to 90999, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.