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Red Cross Continuing to Assist Families in Upstate after Tornado

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Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers spent thousands of hours helping in aftermath of tornado & wildfire

For the past three weeks, hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers have spent thousands of hours supporting the Pinnacle Mountain Wildfire relief efforts and helping families impacted by the tornado and severe storms that hit the Upstate on Wednesday, November 30. While wildfire relief efforts have ended, the Red Cross continues to coordinate with emergency management officials and other community partners to ensure that families impacted by the tornado are getting the help that they need, including meals and snacks and relief items needed to help families recover from their losses. 


Since the storms hit last week, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 50 volunteers and staff to assist families, some who suddenly found themselves without a place to call home. Red Cross, coordinating with community partners, has served nearly 1,500 meals and snacks.  Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have distributed nearly 1,000 relief items, such as tarps, gloves and comfort kits and Red Cross case workers have been meeting one-on-one with victims to make sure they have what they need to start their long-term recovery. Today, the Red Cross will continue to meet with families who need assistance in creating recovery plans and connect them with resources.   


For three weeks, volunteers from the Red Cross in conjunction with other community agencies and volunteers supported the firefighting efforts at the Pinnacle Mountain Wildfire. Besides opening a shelter for families who were evacuated, the Red Cross worked closely with emergency management, the Wesleyan Camp, and the community to ensure that the fighters and other responders had the support that they needed. Overall, Red Cross and partners served more than 24,000 snacks and distributed more than 16,500 relief supplies, many of which were donated by the community. More than 90 Red Crossers and 11 response vehicles were mobilized to help those who were tirelessly fighting to protect homes and put out the flames.


Those who would like to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, sending a donation to the Red Cross at 940 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.


For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.