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Red Cross to collocate with West Plains Fire Department

“The American Red Cross is much more than a building. We are the volunteers at the scene of your neighbors’ fire, the people who collect lifesaving blood and the face of preparedness whether at Kids Fest or installing smoke detectors,” says Burks.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo, June 23, 2015 — The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is reinforcing its partnership with the West Plains Fire Department by collocating volunteers in Fire Station #3, and allowing it to streamline services and increase assistance to clients in Howell County and throughout the surrounding area.

“Like many other nonprofit organizations, the need for our services is greater than ever. This move allows us to best serve our clients while being good stewards of our donors’ dollars.” says Stacy Burks, Executive Director of the Southern Missouri Chapter.

The current office at 218 W. Main Street will relocate on Monday, June 29, 2015. Red Cross volunteers will then be utilizing space in Fire Station #3, 1508 Bruce Smith Parkway, which is being donated by the City of West Plains and the West Plains Fire Department.

“The American Red Cross is much more than a building. We are the volunteers at the scene of your neighbors’ fire, the people who collect lifesaving blood and the face of preparedness whether at Kids Fest or installing smoke detectors,” says Burks. “The Red Cross remains dedicated to this community and committed to training our volunteers so that they can continue helping those affected by disasters.”

People across Southern Missouri depend on the Red Cross for disaster response, health and safety courses and emergency communications for the military. If members of the community need to contact the Red Cross, they can still do so by calling 1-866-206-0256. As in our current space, office hours must continue to be by appointment only.

“We feel that this is a continuation of a long standing relationship and partnership with the Red Cross and not only fire departments, but communities in our area,” said Chief Tim Bean, West Plains Fire Department. “This office space allows the Red Cross to keep volunteers positioned in this community and to provide help when needed.”

“We have a strong corps of volunteers here now,” says Burks, “and we will look to grow that number in this community in the months ahead. Anyone who would like to join us can visit redcross.org to learn about volunteering with the Red Cross.”

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.