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Red Cross HOM

U.S. Bank donates $3,000 to chapter

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COLUMBIA—Seeing first hand the work of American Red Cross volunteers strengthened U.S. Bank Regional President Mid-Missouri Mike Richardson’s commitment to assisting the agency.
“We are pleased to continue and even increase our support of the local Red Cross chapter,” Richardson, who is based in Columbia, said after presenting a $3,000 check from the U.S. Bank Foundation to the chapter. “The Red Cross serves our communities in numerous life-saving and life-changing ways.
“The U.S. Bank Foundation was established to partner with local nonprofit organizations throughout our footprint. Our employees provide contributions, volunteer time and expertise to organizations like the American Red Cross.”
Severe weather in his home state of Arkansas provided Richardson the opportunity to witness Red Cross volunteers in action.
“Just recently, many of my own family and friends’ lives were changed when an EF4 (tornado) touched down,” Richardson said. “By the time I arrived, the Red Cross was already on site with its network of compassionate volunteers.”
The donation from the bank’s foundation is slated for use in disaster services.
“We truly appreciate U.S. Bank’s generous donation,” said Executive Director Dave Griffith, who, along with Major Gifts Officer Nancy Sell accepted the donation. “It is through the generosity of institutions like U.S. Bank that we are able to assist those impacted by disaster.”

Red Cross helps welcome home National Guard unit

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Chapter representatives were on hand Friday afternoon at the Welcome Home Ceremony for Detatchment 40, Operational Support Airlift Command.
The Jefferson City-based unit deployed for a year-long tour to Afghanistan in support of overseas contingency operations.
Members of the chapter staff, volunteer corps and board attended the ceremoney at the Jefferson City Armory next to the Jefferson City Airport.

Red Cross responds to fire near Ulman

Two adults displaced
ULMAN — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting an Ulman family of two whose home was damaged by fire Thursday.
The family, two adults who lived on Highway C, initially declined Red Cross assistance. Red Cross personnel had been in contact with the family every day and Saturday they called seeking help.
Two Miller County volunteers dispatched to the scene and met with the family. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and a temporary motel stay.
Volunteers also provided referrals to the family.
The Red Cross will continue to monitor their recovery.

Mock disaster exercise in Auxvasse

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AUXVASSE – Chapter took part in a mock disaster exercise today at the Callaway Youth Expo in Auxvasse. Volunteers set up on the expo grounds next to the emergency operations center (EOC), which was set up under a blue shelter. The disaster scenario involved an explosion of a high-pressure gas line near a flea/farmer’s market at the intersection of Highways 19 and 54. Callaway 4-H kids and kids from the community took on roles as disaster victims. The scenario involved all matters of mayhem. During a mid-day break, volunteers served lunch to participants from the chapter’s emergency response vehicle (ERV). See More

Red Cross assisting Moberly family

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MOBERLY — The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is assisting a three-member Moberly family who had a fire at their home Wednesday evening.
A family member contacted the Red Cross Thursday afternoon. A volunteer met with the family, a father and his two young sons, and provided financial assistance for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with a temporary motel stay.
Family members, who lived on Patton Street, also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items. A local church also is assisting the family.

Red Cross responds to storm damage in Bonnots Mill

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BONNOTS MILL — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Bonnots Mill family after a tree fell on their home during the recent storm causing extensive damage.
The Red Cross received a call from the family, who lived on County Road 416, about noon Tuesday.
Volunteers deployed to the scene and met with the family, two adults and two young children. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing. They also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items.
Family members are staying with relatives.
The Red Cross will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery.

Warmer weather doesn’t cool disaster responses

Warm weather during June didn’t bring much of a change in disaster responses for chapter volunteers.
“It was an unusually busy June,” said Disaster Specialist Phillip Iman. “We normally don’t have this many responses at this time of year.”
Volunteers responded to 11 single-family fires during the month. They also assisted at one storm incident and one incident where a vehicle crashed into a home.
The chapter opened 14 new cases in June, followed up on three others and assisted 48 new clients.
Chapter responses include:
Boone County: one single-family fire; one storm incident; one case of a vehicle crashing into a home; assisted four family units; and 10 individual clients
Camden County: one single-family fire; assisted six clients
Cooper County: one single-family fire; assisted five clients
Crawford County: two single-family fires; assisted two family units; assisted 10 clients
Dent County: one single-family fire; assisted two clients
Howard County: one single-family fire; assisted two clients
Maries County: two single-family fires; assisted two family units; assisted eight individual clients
Morgan County: gave follow up assistance with one family and provided rental assistance
Randolph County: one single-family fire; assisted four clients
Pulaski County: one single-family fire; assisted one client
Phelps County: followed up with two families and provided rental assistance

Red Cross responds to fire in Salisbury

Family displaced
SALISBURY — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Salisbury family whose home burned during the holiday.
The Red Cross received notification of the fire, which was on South Grand Street, early Friday morning. A Red Cross representative contacted the four-member family, which had a place to stay the night.
The Red Cross met with the family Friday afternoon and provided financial assistance for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing.
Clients also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items, and referrals to local partner agencies.
Volunteers will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery.

Red Cross responds to fire near Salem

Family displaced
SALEM — The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is assisting a rural Salem family whose home was damaged in a fire Tuesday.
A member of the family, who lived on County Road 6470, contacted the Red Cross seeking assistance.
The Red Cross met with the family and provided financial assistance for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing.
Family members, two adults and two kids, also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items, and referrals to local partner agencies.
The family secured their own temporary housing.
Volunteers will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery.

Red Cross responds to fire in Columbia

Family of three displaced
COLUMBIA — The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is assisting a Columbia family who lost their home to fire.
The Red Cross received notice of the fire, on McClure Drive, about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. A staff member made initial contact with the family and made arrangements for an overnight stay at a local motel.
A local volunteer met with the clients around noon in the motel.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family, a mother and two adult children, to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing and a temporary motel stay.
Volunteers will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery.

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