The American Red Cross is on the job all across the United States this week, providing shelter, food, water, and comfort to people affected by the Boston marathon bombing, the Texas explosion, and Midwest flooding.
“We are continuing to help people affected by the tragic events in Boston and Texas while providing relief in the Midwest where flood waters have inundated communities across several states,” said Trevor Riggen, vice president of Disaster Operations for the Red Cross. “We have teams responding across a large part of the country to help people in need.”
Boston Marathon Bombings
The Red Cross is helping first responders and those who have had to evacuate their homes by providing food, water, and comfort. So far, more than 200 Red Cross workers have served more than 10,000 meals and snacks, in addition to blankets, comfort kits, and mental and health services. Red Cross Blood Services has provided about 550 blood products to Boston area hospitals.
West, Texas Explosion
Red Cross workers are providing food, water, emotional support, and health services to people affected by the explosion. Red Cross Blood Services has shipped 175 blood products to area hospitals.
Flooding in the Midwest has displaced at least 270 people in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The area is experiencing power outages and flooded roadways after heavy rainfall. The Red Cross is on hand to provide community shelters and supplies for the next few days.
How You Can Help
You can send a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you want to make a donation specifically to support the Boston Marathon victims, visit www.onefundboston.org.
If You Need Help
The Red Cross has information people can use to cope in the aftermath of these tragedies. Free counseling and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
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