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Busy first day at Mult-Relief Agency

The volunteers have just been fantastic.

People affected by recent flooding in South Central Missouri packed the Multi-Agency Relief Center’s (MARC) opening day today at Waynesville’s Westside Baptist Church.

“It started off really busy,” said Phillip Iman, the deputy director of the American Red Cross’s disaster response efforts in the area. “Hopefully we are able to answer as many questions as we can.”

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 120 families came through registration and had their needs assessed.

Volunteers from across the area worked as ambassadors escorting individuals to the relief agency tables.

A team of Red Cross volunteer casworkers, those who meet directly with clients to determine their needs came from Lebanon. Other Red Cross volunteers came from the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City and Moberly to assist at the MARC.

An emergency response vehicle from Springfield was on site to distribute clean up items and water to clients.

One man, from the state of California who was visiting a relative in Waynesville, volunteered to be a greeter.

Members and coaches, about 70 people, from Mary Institute Country Day School in St. Louis came to Waynesville to volunteer and helped cleanup at the city park.

“The volunteers have just been fantastic,” Iman said. “It’s always that way in situations like this.”

The MARC will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

You can help people affected by disasters like the recent floods, home fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the words REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, 431 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 or by calling 866-815-2739.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.