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The American Red Cross has large relief efforts underway in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas and is working tirelessly with our partners to make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, meals, emotional support and comfort in the face of the deadliest tornado outbreak in a decade.
People are struggling with the loss of loved ones, loss of their homes, loss of everything they had. The Red Cross has some residents of Bowling Green, Kentucky, taking refuge in a Red Cross-managed shelter who were willing to share their stories.
December 12, 2021. Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Sharon speaks to Red Cross volunteer Amy and explains what happened to her last Saturday morning.
“When I got out, I saw how it had ruined my home. The walls of my bedroom had collapsed, the roof was damaged and rain was pouring in. My front door was gone and my living room was now an outdoor space,” she says.
Although her home of 17 years was now a shambles, Sharon was left uninjured. “The only thing I can do now is rebuild,” she says. But for the time being, home is now at the American Red Cross managed shelter at Jennings Creek Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Photo credit: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross.
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