Last month, the St. Louis Region of the Red Cross made the difficult decision to close the Northeast Missouri Chapter in Hannibal, MO. Leadership in St. Louis and National Red Cross disaster officials met to determine the best way to service the Northeast Missouri area. After a deep assessment of the geographic area and inter-Red Cross releationships, they concluded that the counties of Clark, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls and Shelby counties should join the Red Cross chapter in Quincy.
“We are happy that 6 counties in Northeast Missouri will join our chapter family,” said Pam Shaffer, Executive Director of the Red Cross in Quincy. “We share a common culture and vision to serve our communities.”
The Quincy Red Cross is a member of the Central Illinois Region, serving 39 counties across central Illinois. Leadership from the region, including disaster services representatives, met with key community partners earlier this month to talk about how to partner to best serve the communities of Northeast Missouri.
“The chapter in Quincy has a tradition of excellent service in western Illinois,” said Anne Fox, Regional CEO of the Central Illinois Region. “The chapter in Quincy already has strong relationships with volunteers and partners in the Hannibal area, and the areas will blend well under Pam’s leadership and with the guidance of the local board.”
Despite the changes in Northeast Missouri, area residents will be able to count on the same great service they have always received. Fire clients will have the peace of mind in knowing that the Red Cross will be there to provide immediate disaster assistance; military families will still be connected in a crisis no matter how many miles separate them; lifesaving training will be offered to make our communities healthier and safer; and blood drives will still take place, ensuring a stable blood supply for our nation and community.
To contact the local Red Cross:
· For disaster services – 217-222-2477
· For military emergencies – 217-222-2477
· For CPR training – 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at redcross.org/takeaclass
· For blood services – 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org
· For donations – redcross.org/donate