2007-04-26 / News

Help Red Cross provide aid to victims of flooding

Last week's nor'easter will cost some $5 million in Red Cross relief across the northeast, according to initial estimates. The storm shut down roads, flooded homes and cut off electricity to more than 700,000 homes and businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania. While the rain has stopped, the American Red Cross is still assisting thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and is asking for donations to its Disaster Relief Fund.

"The sun may be shining now, but for thousands of people, the long cleanup process is just beginning, and some areas are still at risk for flooding," says Marisa Albanese, director of community relations of the Rhode Island Chapter. "We are reaching out to our community to ask that people give to the Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of this storm and other disasters."

Affected Red Cross chapters are reaching out to their donors and communities and asking for contributions to help provide assistance to victims of flooding in the Northeast. People interested in making a financial contribution can do so by contacting their local chapter, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or online at www.redcross. org.

The Disaster Relief Fund allows the American Red Cross to provide the essentials of emergency assistance, food, shelter, clothing, mental health counseling, as well as other basic necessities to victims of all types of disasters. More importantly, this fund gives the Red Cross and its volunteers the capacity to immediately meet the needs of victims by enabling the organization to act before donations are made - when help is needed the most.

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