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Red Cross Continues to Help Those Affected by Recent Flooding

Volunteers comforting more than 30 people.

ST CLOUD, MINN., August 12, 2016 – As clean-up continues after this week’s torrential rainfalls, the American Red Cross is helping multiple families in Kandiyohi and Renville counties including:

  • Olivia: 21 people, including 14 adults and seven children
  • Morton: two people
  • Willmar: eight people, including four adults and four children

“After disasters, Red Cross volunteers meet with those affected and provide assistance for their immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and replacement medications,” said Linda Blackmore, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota. “Volunteers also comfort and listen to those in need, helping them with long-term recovery planning and connecting them with community resources.”

 In addition, the Red Cross provided more than 100 clean-up kits, plus 150+ bottles of both bleach and all-purpose cleaner to flood-affected families.

 Tomorrow, Saturday, August 13, the Red Cross partnering with the Seventh-day Adventists and the Salvation Army, will be distributing additional flood clean-up buckets and supplies at the Church of the Nazarene, 505 SW 12th Street, in Willmar beginning at 9 a.m.

 Helpful flood recovery tips and are available on the FREE Red Cross Emergency App available at or through your phone’s store.

 By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit

The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, most are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Click, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota serves more than 700,000 people in Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pipestone, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse and Wright counties. For more information, please visit  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota.


Carrie Carlson-Guest | American Red Cross
Regional Communications Officer, Minnesota Region
(o) 612.872.3240 | (c) 612.743.5555
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