Postcard from the Field: American Red Cross Day

October 15, 2008

October 6, 2008 was proclaimed to be American Red Cross Day in Baytown, TX, by Mayor Stephen DonCarlos; in recognition of the “overwhelming acts of kindness and support; and countless hours and dedication” to the Baytown community. This same recognition was awarded to the North Carolina contingent of Southern Baptists.

The super dynamic duo helped get the Baytown kitchen running and serving a record number of meals, with many accolades from clients and staff. The Baytown kitchen had served 671,000 meals as of October 8, 2008. With a combined total of 53 years with Red Cross Disaster Relief, Tony and Tony worked well together from the start and left the operation as good friends.

When presented with the award the men remarked that the award was not for their efforts, but for ALL the people who really made it happen. Describing the nickname given them by their co-workers, “The Dog and Tony Show”, the guys smiled and shook their heads. “Yeah, that’s pretty true – it just depended on which one of us was running the show!”

Postcard from the field: Duane Betz

October 13, 2008

Residents of the Houston/Galveston area have seen the work being done by the Red Cross and they want to help.

Duane Betz, Commodore of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association, stopped by the disaster relief operation headquarters recently to deliver a $1,878 donation that his group raised during a recent sailing race. The race, said Bez, “was a way to help the sailors get a feeling of a return to normalcy and to benefit all affected by the storm.”

During his visit to the relief operation headquarters, Glen Lockwood, job director, thanked Bez for the group’s efforts and provided a tour of the site.

Postcard from the Field: Josephine Smith, Client and Volunteer

October 10, 2008

The lovely lady in the hat you see assisting with mobile feeding operations is Josephine Smith, 83 years young. Josephine was born in Chambers County, Texas and has called Anahuac her home for more than 82 years.

Hurricane Ike brought Josephine to the Red Cross as a client, and she soon became a volunteer. “I have lived in Chambers County my whole life; I know ALL these people, I just had to help my friends.” Josephine feels blessed to have survived and to be able to give back.

Release: Fort Worth 10.8.08

October 9, 2008

American Red Cross Continues to Feed Victims of Hurricane Ike

More than 43,000 meals served in Texas on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

FORT WORTH, TEXAS   October 8, 2008 РResidents of coastal Texas continue to face daunting challenges as they try to rebuild the homes and lives ruined by Hurricane Ike. Thousands of homes deemed uninhabitable will be demolished and residents who will be able to repair and restore their homes must have safety certifications before their houses can be reconnected to electricity. These conditions continue to add to the critical demand for feeding. FACTS AT A GLANCE FOR TEXAS Wednesday, October 08, 2008

  • Last night more than 1,000 people sought comfort in 6 Red Cross shelters.
  • More than 144,000 meals and snacks were served in the last twenty four hours.
  • Food was served at 16 fixed sites, and 65 vehicles provided mobile feeding services.

To ensure the Red Cross continues its help for disaster victims, we need your help. We are calling on everyone to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the Red Cross to provide help whenever and wherever disasters occur. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to assist those in need anywhere in the nation, and ensures that relief comes quickly.

Volunteer and Emergency Response Vehicles

Media Contact:

  • Dianna Van Horn: (202) 716-9397

Photos: Rockettes Visit the Auchan Shelter in Houston 10.7.08

October 9, 2008

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Rockettes visit Auchan Shelter in Houston

Rockettes visit Auchan Shelter in Houston

Photos: Clara Barton Village Tent Shelter 10.1.08

October 8, 2008

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Clara Barton Village, Galveston 10.1.08

Clara Barton Village, Galveston 10.1.08

Video: Hurricane Ike Photo Essay

October 7, 2008