Three Midway-Kansas Chapter Red Cross volunteers left for Washington this morning.
Judith Haffner will assist in health services, David Schreiner will work in procurement, and Gail Schmeidler will be helping as a client casework manager.
Red Cross workers have several shelters open and are supporting community-run shelters. They are also providing food, health, and mental health service and meeting one-on-one with people to determine what other services they need. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, a mobile kitchen was opened yesterday and the Red Cross will distribute meals throughout the affected areas as they are deemed safe.
The Red Cross is also distributing things such as trash bags, heavy work gloves and masks to people who are starting to sift through the ashes where their homes once stood. Red Cross workers remain in close coordination with Emergency Management teams to identify what additional help people may need.
Bev Morlan, Regional Chapter Executive, Kansas Region, encourages individuals to volunteer locally. “We know how important it is to be prepared,” said Morlan. “We encourage our communities to sign up to volunteer with their local Red Cross office today.”
If you would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires, floods, and other crises, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Your gift enables us to provide safe refuge in our shelters, feed those who have had to leave their homes, and offer comfort to those touched by disaster across the country and around the world.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.