The American Red Cross continues to help people and families that were affected by recent severe weather that damaged and destroyed homes in and around Wichita, Kan. To date, Red Cross has distributed nearly 230 meals and provided 40 overnight stays.
“From Iowa to Texas, people sought shelter from the storms,” Williams said. “It shows that when bad things happen, Red Cross can call upon a team of nearly 650,000 volunteers to respond across the country.”
At Red Cross shelters, people can receive food, emotional support and health services. Because Red Cross is directly connected with other emergency responders and service delivery organizations, shelters are also valuable for people to collect information and other resources.
“Red Cross is adapting to the situation and working with the people to help with their immediate needs,” said James Williams, Red Cross spokesperson. “We’re working diligently to get people back on the road to recovery.”
There are ways people can and cannot help. While well intended, in-kind donations of clothing, food, water or other supplies are not needed. Red Cross appreciates the offers of help, but right now the best way to help disaster victims is with a financial donation by visiting www.redcross.org, by texting the word REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. While no blood drives have been canceled, Red Cross depends on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood in need – each and every day.
You may help people affected by disasters like tornadoes in the Wichita area as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
At 1 p.m. today a Red Cross shelter tour will be provided at 801 E. Market, Derby, Kan. Red Cross public affairs members will be on hand to answer questions about shelter services being provided.