The American Red Cross is providing comfort and support to help the thousands of people across 14 states whose lives have been turned upside down by devastating severe weather over the past week.
Workers from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts are now accepting deployments to support affected residents. Tim Van Cleef of Amherst is working in Mississippi in Disaster Services Technology, and Sharon Friedman of Mansfield and Ellen Patashnick of Springfield are also working in Mississippi as Disaster Mental Health Volunteers.
In response to this severe spring weather, nearly 1,900 trained Red Cross workers and more than 70 emergency vehicles have been mobilized to provide help in the hardest hit communities. As of Sunday, volunteers have already served 134,000 meals and snacks; provided 1,300 overnight stays in shelters; handed out more than 51,000 relief items; and provided 3,500 health and emotional support contacts.
This has been a difficult time for many families, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath. Volunteers are also helping to replace prescription medications and eyeglasses.
To help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises, please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.