Release:American Red Cross Calls for Support from American Public 9.6.2008

American Red Cross Calls for Support from American Public

Saturday, September 6, 2008-During the past week, the American Red Cross deployed about 5600 disaster relief volunteers from all over the country to assist the evacuees affected by Hurricane Gustav. Fifteen of them are from Western North Carolina. Hundreds of these volunteers are being moved to Florida this weekend, as part of an estimated 2500 volunteers who will be needed for shelters, mass care and feeding there in the coming week. Other volunteers from WNC, along with Emergency Relief Vehicles (ERVs), have been deployed to assist with shelters, mass care and feeding of people affected by Hanna here in North Carolina. Many more will be leaving this weekend for Orlando, Florida’s “hot site” (Red Cross Operation Center) to prepare for Ike.

The Red Cross estimates that the massive relief effort by the Red Cross for Hurricane Gustav alone will cost at least $80 million dollars. On top of this huge commitment, the ongoing pounding by the Hurricanes of 2008 is a challenge to the country as a whole to be ready and to financially support the Red Cross in this huge effort.

Two things are needed… financial donations and committed disaster relief volunteers. On Monday, September 1, both of our national political parties sent out a plea to their supporters for financial support. $1 million was raised on that day! This is an ideal bipartisan effort!

Join your friends and colleagues in a commitment to our country and our communities…to donate, go online to www.redcrosswnc.org and click on the “help now” button. To become a trained disaster relief volunteer, call the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter at 828-258-3888, ext. 218.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcrosswnc.org and www.redcross.org.

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