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Eastern Missouri Sends 51 Volunteers and Growing

the Red Cross responds to hurricane disasters
I am amazed by the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, who will sacrifice so much to help strangers in need

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, August 30, 2017 — Some 51 American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Missouri, and seven emergency response vehicles (ERVs), have joined the Harvey relief effort.

“I am amazed by the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, who will sacrifice so much to help strangers in need,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO. “Our entire region has pulled together to help the communities affected by the life threatening flooding in the Gulf.”

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. Anyone who would like to join the Red Cross will need to register and fill out paperwork.

At this time, we are focused on deploying registered and trained volunteers. The best way to get involved is to register and start your training so that you’re ready if/when the call comes.

Another way to start is by attending one of these Orientations to the Red Cross OR complete a volunteer interest form at

Thursday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 PM

10195 Corporate Square

St. Louis, MO 63132

Saturday, September 2, 10:30-11:30 AM

2430 Myra Dr,

Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Saturday, September 2, 11:00 AM – noon

318 Jackson St.

Jefferson City, MO

Yesterday, the Red Cross of Eastern Missouri sent two more tractor trailers containing sheltering supplies and we are scheduled to send six more today. That would make our total response to date of 32 tractor-trailer loads that would serve approximately 32,000 clients in shelters.


We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.

Help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

The Red Cross needs blood donations in response to the disaster in Texas and Louisiana.

The need for blood is constant and the Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood donations across the country due to a summer decline in blood donors and blood drive sponsors. In Texas, we are closely monitoring our blood supplies amid this ongoing disaster. With dangerous widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, all blood collection organizations in the U.S. are making efforts to meet patient blood needs and to ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas. Blood donations are always encouraged and the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood products as needed.

The American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

About the American Red Cross:

Celebrating 100 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 62 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling

1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit