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Red Cross Helps Thousands in Louisiana

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The situation in Louisiana remains critical.

The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers across nearly half of the state helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding there. 

“The situation in Louisiana remains critical,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross.  “People need help right now. And our help is just beginning. We will be there to help people recover in the weeks and months to come. We ask people to please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.”

More than 90 Red Cross response vehicles are fanning through affected neighborhoods to distribute food, water and relief supplies. Disaster mental health and health services volunteers are providing emotional support and helping to replace things like lost eyeglasses, wheelchairs and medications.

As of August 24, more than 2,500 Red Crossers have provided the following services:

• Served more than 360,000 meals and snacks.

• Distributed more than 126,000 relief items.

• Provided more than 47,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. 

• Handled nearly 22,000 calls from people seeking information and help. 

• Provided 8,000 health services and emotional support contacts.

• Mobilized four kitchens.

Learn more here how the Red Cross is giving people a place to go when there is no place to go through the words of one woman who has lost everything.

Two Oahu volunteers have deployed to assist with the Red Cross response effort.  Elizabeth Norcross has been assisting with Planning and Renise Bayne has been assisting with Mass Care Operations Management.  

Each day, the Red Cross is able to get into more and more neighborhoods, and volunteers are working tirelessly to provide assistance. In some areas, residents are still experiencing flooding, while other neighborhoods are facing the challenge of cleaning up. Where possible, the Red Cross is beginning to distribute food and relief supplies.