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American Red Cross Response to Saipan Update 8-20-15

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“I love to help. The Red Cross is dependent on volunteers and it feels great to help people out.”

Much needed relief items, such as meat, rice and vegetables have arrived on Saipan. American Red Cross Northern Mariana Islands Chapter volunteer of 18 years, Dean Ocsillos, unloads the shipment (picture attached) so those impacted by Typhoon Soudelor can receive needed support. “A lot of people lost their homes. There was an indescribable amount of debris,” said Ocsillos. “I love to help. The Red Cross is dependent on volunteers and it feels great to help people out.” 

The Red Cross continues to meet with more than 300 islanders per day, who have appointments to receive Red Cross support. Those who have not called the Red Cross and are in need of assistance should call 234-3459, 24-hours a day. Anyone who has already registered with the Red Cross should not call back. The Red Cross will make contact as quickly as possible. Calling 234-3459 is free when made with most prepaid phones. Due to high call volumes, patience is appreciated and calls after hours are preferred. Those seeking assistance should not visit the Red Cross office without an appointment. 

Please follow the Red Cross NMI Chapter on Twitter @spnmarianas for real time updates.

How to help: People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes, typhoons and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.