NOVEMBER 16, 2020 – As the Hiddenite Campground families reel from tragic loss of life and property, the American Red Cross continues to stand with the community, work hand in hand with partners, and provide aid.
“While this is a tragic event, I was heartened to see the community coming together to help those who have lost loved ones as well as their homes,” said Scott Loudermelt, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in the Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter.
The Red Cross is providing condolence care to the families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We are also continuing to give financial assistance to the Hiddenite Campground families. Our certified and trained health and mental health volunteers as well as our spiritual care team are on the ground offering health services and counseling.
Over the weekend, Red Cross participated in a community meeting with the affected families, church and community members, and agencies to collaborate on a way forward toward recovery for the people impacted by the flooding.
Our partners at East Taylorsville Baptist Church immediately opened their doors as a haven for the impacted families during the flooding, bought them clothes, and collaborated with the Red Cross to provide food and immediate housing.
“As a person who has opened up a shelter with Red Cross, we appreciate all their help and the help they’ve given the survivors afterward plus all the advice they’ve given us,” said Senior Pastor Jamie Steele of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
Across the Greater Carolinas Region of the Red Cross, we have served more than 140 people affected by last week’s flooding, served more than 330 meals and snacks, and delivered more than 350 recovery supplies. All disaster relief is delivered at no cost thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers. More than 50 Red Crossers have been involved in the flooding relief efforts across the Greater Carolinas. We thank our donors and volunteers for their dedication to the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
If you are interested in joining the Red Cross as a volunteer or in making a financial gift, visit redcross.org.
For the long-term recovery of the Hiddenite Campground families, East Taylorsville Baptist Church is collecting donations online.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.