Brookline man to help residents affected by Arkansas Tornadoes

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Jack Kavanagh of Brookline is deploying to Arkansas to provide meals to those residents in shelters and affected neighborhoods.

The American Red Cross right now is helping people in Arkansas and surrounding states affected by this weekend’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.  Volunteers are providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health and mental health services to those who are in need.

Red Cross workers from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts are now accepting deployments to support affected residents. Jack Kavanagh of Brookline is deploying to Arkansas to provide meals to those residents in shelters and affected neighborhoods. 

This has been a deadly and devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath. About 200 people spent Sunday night in shelters in Arkansas that were opened or supported by Red Cross workers. The Red Cross also has shelters open in Oklahoma and is responding in northern Louisiana where flooding occurred after yesterday’s storms. Shelter and services also are being provided in North Carolina, which was hit Friday night by tornadoes. Red Cross emergency vehicles will be distributing food throughout the affected areas.

Kavanagh, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.

To help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises, please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.