Several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding in Des Moines, Iowa in June 2015, and forced the evacuation of a number of families living at a campsite near the Raccoon River. The flood destroyed numerous temporary housing units, as well as clothes and personal belongings.
"We all lost everything,” Donna Allyn said. “I had a tent and a little storage unit for my clothes".
Joppa, a local homeless outreach facility, referred Allyn to the American Red Cross, which was able to help her immediately.
"I don't know what I would have done without the Red Cross” Allyn said. “It would have been very difficult to get the resources to get back on my feet.”
The Red Cross was able to help Allyn find new clothing, a new tent and basic necessities. Allyn has since moved her tent to a safer and higher location.
"I definitely recommend volunteering at the Red Cross if you really want to help people, she said. “People should know that there are resources out there that can help you like the Red Cross.”