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Red Cross Helping in Deer River and Ball Club

Red Cross is working closely with local partners to care for those impacted by storms

American Red Cross volunteers are helping those affected by the storms in the Deer River and Ball Club areas on Tuesday. Overnight, Red Cross staff and volunteers established a shelter at the Ball Club Community Center in partnership with Itasca County officials.  

“The Red Cross is working closely with local partners at the Leech Lake Reservation, Itasca County, other non-profits, and government agencies to care for those impacted by these storms,” said Dan Williams, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. “We have a respite area open at the Ball Club Community Center from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and will be at the Deer River High School providing ice and water.” 

Nine Red Cross workers are currently on scene, along with two Emergency Response Vehicles, supporting the operation. Red Cross disaster workers will also be helping with damage assessment this afternoon. 

As people begin to clean-up and power returns, the Red Cross encourages residents to stay healthy by following Red Cross power outage/food safety tips.

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 

HOW YOU CAN HELP 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. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota, 2524 Maple Grove Rd., Duluth, MN 55811.

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 Northern Minnesota serves more than 570,000 people in Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Roseau, St. Louis and Wadena counties in Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota.