Tuesday, the American Red Cross held a thank you reception at its regional headquarters for State Senator Tom Dempsey, President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, in honor of his continued support of Missouri disaster clients.
Senator Dempsey’s legislation exempts Missouri Red Cross clients and volunteers from hotel taxes during times of disaster. This legislation, recently signed into law by the governor, will mean more than $100,000 in additional aid to Missouri disaster victims.
“When I said, ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’ I knew I was speaking for the legislature,” said Sen. Dempsey. “When I look at champions, (Red Cross volunteers) are champions… people who donate to the Red Cross are champions. We appreciate so much what you do for our community and our state, and I am happy to have played some small part.”
Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region, led the reception along with board member and Town and Country Mayor Jon Dalton. A local disaster services volunteer spoke about how important the Red Cross is to local families, and shared a thank you letter from a client who received emergency assistance following a flash flooding incident. A recent client also spoke about how Red Cross disaster assistance kept her family from being homeless after a storm damaged her home.
Last year, the Red Cross helped about 1,400 families in the region after a small-scale disaster.
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.