Red Cross seeks funds to help flood victims
The American Red Cross remains on the ground, with volunteers across nearly half of the state of Louisiana helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the recent devastating flooding. But the relief organization reports a significant gap in funds raised. To date, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations and pledges designated to support Louisiana – not nearly enough to cover the estimate of at least $30 million in costs.
“The situation in Louisiana remains critical,” said Nanci Conley, executive director for the American Red Cross of Eastern SC. “People need help right now. We urge people to please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.” Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the American Red Cross in South Carolina, saw the devastation first hand. “I met many families who have lost everything; they have no homes to return to when the floodwaters do recede.
We are helping thousands of people like this. However, not nearly enough donations are coming in to cover the cost, so we are sounding the alarm, urging people in this country to remember the folks in Louisiana and make a donation today.” People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.
Almost 2,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are helping along with hundreds of local volunteers. As of Aug. 22, the Red Cross and local, state and national partners have already:
• Served more than 260,000 meals and snacks. In partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, four kitchens are cooking meals.
• Distributed more than 60,000 relief items.
• Deployed almost 90 disaster response vehicles to help distribute food, water and relief supplies. • Provided more than 40,000 overnight shelter stays. Sunday night almost 3,000 people were still seeking refuge in 19 Red Cross and community shelters.
• Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help.
• Mental health disaster volunteers are providing emotional support to people faced with an extremely situation.
• Health services disaster volunteers are monitoring the health needs of people in shelters and replacing things like lost wheelchairs, eyeglasses and medications.