Postcard from the Field: Eric Sanchez lends an “Amazing” hand

October 27, 2008

Eric Sanchez helps with cot cleanup in Texas

American Red Cross volunteer Debbie Kemp of the Washtenaw County Chapter in Ann Arbor (MI), and Eric Sanchez work together on cleaning and packing up cots that were used in the megashelter in Houston which housed as many as 1,200 Hurricane Ike evacuees. Sanchez, who won the Season 11 “All Star Amazing Race,” and several contestants from the reality television shows “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” and “Amazing Race” were on hand Sunday (October 26) to help with cot cleanup. In times of disaster, the American Red Cross provides food, shelter, disaster health and mental health services, bulk distribution of home and health products, and advocacy and referral services.

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 – Residents 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

Video: Hurricane Ike Photo Essay

October 7, 2008

Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 10.2.08

October 2, 2008

Update on Red Cross Response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

NEW ORLEANS, October 2, 2008 – The American Red Cross continues to provide emergency aid to displaced residents of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Local businesses have returned to the areas and with no more power outages, residents are able to return home and begin their long term recovery plans. Two shelters remain open in Schriever and Houma with a population of 135 in the last 24 hours. The shelter at LaRose Civic Center will close today at noon.

Red Cross workers have provided over 8,500 meals & snacks to residents within in the past 24 hours, and over 1.6 million meals & snacks to residents to date. The last mobile feeding that residents will be served is dinner tonight but we will continue to serve meals to shelter residents. In addition, we have distributed more than 9,000 comfort kits (containing hygiene products), 5,000 clean-up kits to the most affected areas. We also have provided over 2,000 bulk items in the past 24 hours and more than 76,000 to date to the residents impacted by the storms.

“Thanks to persons in the community willing to help others in need, we were able to respond quickly. We applaud our volunteers for such a swift response,” says Kay Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross- Southeast Louisiana Chapter.

To volunteer, donate, or receive current information about these disasters, call 1-800-229-8191. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

For more information on how to Be Red Cross Ready, contact the local Red Cross at (504) 620-3105 or via the website at

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Audio: Reflecting on an Eye-Opening Experience 10.1.08

October 2, 2008
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Photos: Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

September 30, 2008

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Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

Emergency Response Vehicle in Hackberry, LA

Postcard from the Field: Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

September 30, 2008

Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

Little Tyler Peters gives a big hug to American Red Cross volunteer Rick Kolb. The Peters’ family home was damaged by both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rick lives in Bridgeport, OH and has been with the Red Cross for three years. He has also been a volunteer fireman, EMT and paramedic for the past 32 years.