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Audrain-Montgomery Leadership Council stops traffic for Red Cross

Two events raise more than $1,800
MEXICO — Motorists in Montgomery City and Mexico stopped for more than signs and lights during the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter Audrain-Montgomery Leadership Council’s Street Collections.
Leadership Council members and volunteers stood in intersections in the communities during two days in late August to stop traffic and collect donations for the chapter.
“These events not only show the dedication our Leadership Council and volunteers have to the Red Cross, but they are a testament to the fact that the Red Cross is thriving in the area,” said chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith.
The Montgomery City Street Collection took place August 23 at the four-way stop light and raised $756.
Red Cross personnel took to the intersection of Clark and Monroe streets in Mexico on Friday. The unofficial total from the Mexico collection is $1,047.45.
Unofficially, the two events raised $1,803.45 for the Red Cross.
“What a great effort by our volunteers in Audrain and Montgomery counties,” Griffith said. “This just goes to show that no donation is too small. We appreciate every donation. Every dollar makes a difference.”

Tuning in to storm information

The Networks of Mid-Missouri makes donation to chapter
Weather radios sold during a summer promotion by The Networks of Mid-Missouri will provide severe weather warnings to individuals and families who bought them. Profits from those sales will benefit American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of those storms.
“Weather is key to what we do on ABC 17 News, so when we had the opportunity to help promote weather radio sales, we knew the profits had to go to the Red Cross,” said Gene Steinberg, general manager of The Networks Mid-Missouri, which includes KMIZ-TV, Channel 17.
The Networks of Mid-Missouri sold 465 Midland weather radios during the promotion and donated the profits, $1,162.50, to the chapter.
“This is the perfect win-win situation,” said Heart of Missouri Chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith. “People who bought the weather radios will have another tool to provide information on severe weather that may affect them and the Red Cross gets a generous donation to continue our mission in the area.”
The Networks of Mid-Missouri sold the weather radios at Orscheln and Hy-Vee stores throughout Mid-Missouri.
A special promotion at one of the Hy-Vee stores involved all four station meteorologists. Another promotion at an Orscheln store included two of the station’s meteorologists.
Chief Meteorologist Sharon Ray presented chapter Major Gifts Officer Nancy Sell with a ceremonial check for the donation. The station taped the presentation and will have it on air.

Red Cross assisting Moberly resident

Home burned Sunday
MOBERLY — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Moberly resident whose home burned Sunday.
Volunteers contacted the client Monday after a friend called the Red Cross to see if help was available.
Two volunteers and the client, who lived on Henry Street, scheduled a meeting for Tuesday.
The Red Cross provided financial resources for the client to meet immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing. The client also received a Red Cross comfort kit, which contains personal hygiene items, and referrals to local partner agencies.
The client is staying with relatives.
Volunteers will monitor the client’s recovery process.

Red Cross responds to fire in Columbia

Two families affected
COLUMBIA — Two Columbia families are receiving American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter assistance after a fire damaged their homes Monday.
Boone County dispatch notified the Red Cross about 5 p.m. Two chapter volunteers from Columbia quickly dispatched to the scene, a duplex on Greensboro Street.
Volunteers assisted both families with financial resources for them to meet their immediate emergency needs.
One family, an adult and four children, received assistance to purchase food, clothing, shoes and a temporary motel stay.
They also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items. Volunteers gave stuffed animals to the children.
A family of three, an adult and two children, received Red Cross assistance to purchase food and a temporary motel stay. They also received Red Cross comfort kits.
Volunteers will monitor the recovery process for both families.

Red Cross responds to fire in Salem

Home destroyed Saturday
SALEM — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Salem family who lost their home Saturday in a fire.
The client, a mother with two children under 10, initially did not request Red Cross assistance, but later determined she needed help. Volunteers and the client, who lived on East Jack Street, agreed to meet Monday morning.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing, shoes and a temporary motel stay.
Family members also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items, and referrals to two partner agencies.
Volunteers will monitor the family’s recovery.

Red Cross responds to fire in Cuba

Six-member family loses home
CUBA — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Cuba family who lost their home to fire late Friday.
The chapter received information on the fire about 11 p.m. Friday.
A local volunteer contacted the family, four adults and two children who lived on School Street, then responded to the scene to meet with them.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing, shoes and a temporary motel stay.
Clients also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items, stuffed animals for the children and a referral to a local partner agency.
The Red Cross will monitor their recovery process.

Red Cross responds to fire in Holts Summit

Two brothers lose home
HOLTS SUMMIT — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting two brothers from Holts Summit whose home burned Saturday.
The Red Cross received information about the fire around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. Two Fulton volunteers dispatched to the scene on South Summit Drive to meet with the clients.
Volunteers provided financial resources for the clients to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing and a temporary motel stay.
Clients also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items and referrals to partner agencies in Callaway County.
Volunteers will monitor the brothers’ recovery.
Red Cross volunteers also responded Saturday morning to a fire in Cuba and on Friday to a fire in Camdenton.

Red Cross responds to fire in Camdenton

Family of three displaced
CAMDENTON — The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is assisting a Camdenton family whose home in a duplex was damaged Friday in a fire.
A Red Cross official received information about the fire about 4 p.m. Friday. A Camdenton volunteer responded within minutes and met with the three-member family, who lived on Larch Lane.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing, shoes and a temporary motel stay.
Family members also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items.
Volunteers will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery.

Red Cross chapter re-opens office in Columbia

Sharing space in Blood Service Center
COLUMBIA — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter staff members based in Columbia who temporarily relocated to the Jefferson City headquarters have new office space in the Columbia Blood Services Center on Providence Road.
“We are very pleased to again have staff members in Columbia office space,” Executive Director Dave Griffith said of the chapter move to the Blood Service Center, which is located at 1511 S. Providence Rd. “Having the Columbia staff work out of the main office in Jefferson City presented some challenges, but they, along with the rest of the staff, handled it well. There was never any interruption in services and other chapter business in Columbia and counties in the northern part of the chapter continued as normal.”
The Red Cross sold their previous office, a renovated home on West Worley Street, to the Columbia Housing Authority in 2013. Columbia staff members made their temporary move to the Jefferson City office earlier this year.
“It was a structure that needed multiple repairs and really wasn’t designed to be an office,” Griffith said. “When the opportunity to sell presented itself, we determined that would be the best course of action. After leaving the Worley Street location, moving our Columbia staff into the Blood Service Center was just a natural fit.”
Development Manager Nancy Sell, Volunteer Resource Specialist Brittany Buehrlen and Disaster Specialist Kath Mayne moved into the Blood Center Monday. Griffith, Evie White, the chapter’s Health and Safety logistics specialist, and other staff members will use the office space as needed.
“We are one Red Cross, so being under the same roof will help us better serve our community,” said Julie Pipes, Missouri district manager for blood services. “This is a great opportunity to operate more efficiently.”
Regular office hours for the chapter are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chapter staff can be reached by calling 573-449-2656 and entering the extension. Sell’s extension is 4433. Buehrlen’s extension is 4443. Mayne’s extension is 4442.
Volunteers are available to respond to local disasters 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 866-815-2738, which is a toll-free number.
“These are exciting times for us and it’s good that Red Cross services will be coming out of the same building,” Griffith said.

Volunteers respond to fire near Centertown

Provide canteen service for emergency responders
CENTERTOWN — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter provided canteen service Wednesday for Regional West Fire Protection District firefighters and other emergency personnel who responded to a fire near Centertown.
Chapter officials dispatched the emergency response vehicle (ERV) to the scene on East Railroad Road to provide water and sandwiches to emergency personnel.
Volunteers also provided information and counseling to family members impacted by the fire.

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