Release: Houston, Texas 10.19.08

October 20, 2008

American Red Cross Collaborates With Community Agencies to Help Disaster Victims on Road to Hurricane Recovery

HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 19, 2008 – With almost a month since Hurricane Ike demolished communities along the Texas Gulf Coast, American Red Cross advocacy and referral teams are working with community agencies to help residents displaced by the disaster get back on their feet and move forward in their recovery. “We are actively assisting families as they look to find more permanent housing,” said Suzy Davidson, director of American Red Cross relief operations in Texas. The healing process for a family depends on accessing the right resources for additional assistance in the community so that the needs of each family member are met. “We are doing our best to ensure those impacted by Hurricane Ike see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Davidson.

In Texas, more than 182,000 residents sought temporary shelter in as many as 280 shelters where American Red Cross volunteers served over 8 million meals and snacks. The American Red Cross has established partnerships with community agencies and local churches in providing services to survivors of Hurricane Ike.

As the American Red Cross continues to meet the needs of disaster victims, the cost of providing disaster relief has rapidly outpaced contributions to the organization. “The Red Cross is a partner agency in your community assisting those in need during times of emergency, and we rely on the generosity of our donors to enable the Red Cross to provide help whenever and wherever disasters occur,” said Davidson.

Media Contact:

  • C.A. Burke (571) 918-5364

Photos: Baytown, TX Shelter and Galveston, TX: 9.27.08

September 27, 2008

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Photos: Cleburne, TX Shelter 9.26.08

September 27, 2008

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DMHS volunteer Susan plays with client Chelsea Romar ARC nurse Gail Howatt assists client Mayra Reyes and 1 mo old Valerie Arriaga

Release: National 9.22.08

September 23, 2008

Americans Urged to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricanes of 2008

Donations now accepted through Coinstar Centers® at retail locations nationwide

WASHINGTON – September 22, 2008 – Americans can help the Red Cross provide disaster relief to those affected by the recent hurricanes by donating their coins at the Coinstar Center at grocery stores or other retail locations. Simply select the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or enter code 7000. These funds enable the Red Cross to provide immediate food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

“We are thankful that Coinstar is activating this donation vehicle for the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer for the American Red Cross. “With the support of Coinstar, the Red Cross continues to help those who are confronting disruptive and devastating circumstances this hurricane season.”

Coinstar Inc., a national fundraising partner of the Red Cross, has mobilized its network of retailer-based machines to accept donations in the form of loose coins to aid the victims of disasters. Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund enable the Red Cross to provide victims with the most immediate basic needs. The Red Cross and Coinstar Inc. have partnered in disaster fundraising efforts since 2001. During the response to Hurricane Katrina, Americans donated more than $600,000 through Coinstar Centers.

“In the wake of a disaster it is encouraging to know that communities come together to help their neighbors,” said Alex Camara, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide Coin, Coinstar, Inc. “The hurricanes have affected thousands of Americans, and, as their neighbors, we can make a big difference by donating much needed funds to the American Red Cross.”

About Coinstar, Inc.
Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR) is a multi-national company offering a range of 4th Wall(TM) solutions for the retailers’ front of store consisting of self-service coin counting, electronic payment solutions, entertainment services, money transfer and self-service DVD rental. The company’s products and services can be found at more than 50,000 retail locations including supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, financial institutions, convenience stores and restaurants. Coinstar has collected more than $28 million in consumer coin donations.

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  • American Red Cross Public Affairs Desk: (202) 303-5551

Photos: “Spirit of America” Kitchen

September 21, 2008

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Press Release: Baton Rouge, LA 9.20.08

September 20, 2008

[BATON ROUGE], LA, September 20, 2008 — The American Red Cross continues to be on the scene in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to provide shelter, meals, and emotional support to families forced from their homes.

Individuals and families who have suffered disaster-caused damage can call 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) and FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) for assistance and information updates. Residents are also encouraged to let their friends and family know where they are through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed, others very heavily damaged. Red Cross
disaster workers are in the community providing assistance to those affected by the storm
through sheltering, feeding, and distribution of needed items. The Red Cross has served
over 1.2 million meals and more than 1 million snacks to individuals and families impacted
by the disaster.

Video: Feeding Thousands

September 20, 2008