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American Red Cross in New Mexico Annual Meeting June 26

Albuquerque, NM - The American Red Cross in New Mexico Annual Meeting next week will be held in an actual disaster shelter setting at the local office. The public is invited to attend and see just what happens in a shelter during times of disaster and to learn more about The American Red Cross.

The meeting will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Red Cross office, 7445 Pan American W, Freeway, the southbound frontage road adjacent to I-25.

Attendees will sign in, be assigned a cot and Red Cross Blanket, plus experience some of the other situations that take place in a shelter. The most recent Red Cross shelter in New Mexico was opened at the Pecos High School gym on May 31 during the initial outbreak of the Tres Lagunas Wildfire. During the time the shelter was open, 500 snacks, 340 meals and 1000 bottles of water were distributed in the community.

Nationally, Red Cross shelters have seen up to 800 persons per night during the aftermath of the Moore tornado and in Colorado, the Black Forest Wildfire shelters provided 930 overnight stays. In Arizona and California Red Cross shelters are also open due to wildfires.

Please RSVP by calling 505-262-6171, if you plan to attend.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

Media Contact:

Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097