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United Way Provides Red Cross with $20,000 for Storm Victims

Pitt County Red Cross accepts gift from United Way
This money is going to be such a big help to those affected by the storms

The United Way of Pitt County will present a check for $20,000 to the American Red Cross Pitt County Chapter to assist with the relief efforts for the July 1st severe storms that caused major damage and power outages across Eastern NC.

“This money is going to be such a big help to those affected by the storms,” said Summer Woodard, Regional Development Director for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross. “Thanks to the United Way and our loyal donors, the Red Cross can provide direct financial assistance for things such as food, clothing, and first month’s rent to residents whose homes were destroyed.”

More than 30 Red Cross staff and volunteers have been hard at work since the first reports of damage came in Sunday evening. To date, the Red Cross has served 809 meals, 803 snacks, distributed 35 comfort kits and 571 bulk items such as water and clean-up kits. Four Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles were deployed to the affected area and assisted with the distribution of these food and supplies. Caseworkers have met with 13 families (37 individuals) to assess their storm caused needs and provide support. Casework will continue until all of the storm victims have been assisted.

The Red Cross is providing storm victims with direct financial assistance to meet their immediate emergency needs which include food, shelter, clothing, bulk supplies, hygiene and comfort items, access to mental health support and referrals to partner agencies for long-term recovery needs. Additionally, the Red Cross will provide first month’s rent to clients having to relocate.

“We are grateful to the United Way and our community partners who have made it possible for the Red Cross to provide a helping hand when it is needed most, said Woodard.

If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by clicking here, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.