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Red Cross responds to fire in Jefferson City

Two apartments damaged
JEFFERSON CITY — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting residents of a Jefferson City apartment house damaged by fire Saturday.

Volunteers responded to the fire on Cherry Street and assisted clients in two apartments with financial resources for them to meet their immediate emergency needs. A couple their son and an out-of-town guest and a single resident in another apartment received assistance to purchase food, clothing and a temporary hotel stay

All the clients also received a Red Cross comfort kit, which contains personal hygiene items, and referrals to local partner agencies.

Volunteers will monitor the clients’ recovery process.

Red Cross responds to fire near Laddonia

Family of five receives assistance
LADDONIA — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Laddonia family who had a fire at their home Thursday.
Two Red Cross volunteers responded and met with the five-member family, who lived on Audrain Road 637.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family, two adults and three children, to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food, clothing and shoes.
Family members also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items.
The family is staying with a relative.
Red Cross volunteers will monitor the family’s recovery.

Chapter responds to fire in Eldon

Five-member family loses home
ELDON — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting an Eldon family who lost their home Wednesday in a fire.
Volunteers responded to the scene on Reed Street Wednesday afternoon and met with members of the five-member family.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing.
Family members are staying with relatives.

Chapter barbecues for veterans

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COLUMBIA –Barbecued burgers, brats and hot dogs may be a modest meal, but to veterans at the Truman Memorial VA Hospital Monday’s cookout sponsored by the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter was a grand gesture.
“This is great,” one veteran said after receiving his plate at the hospital’s Community Living Center outdoor pavilion.
Veterans repeated the sentiment numerous times as volunteers from Sam’s Club did the barbecuing and serving. Volunteers along with hospital and Red Cross staff members also mingled with veterans who came out to enjoy the atmosphere.
Some veterans stayed outside in the relatively mild July afternoon to eat at tables on the pavilion, which was shaded by the building. Others took plates stacked with meat and chips back to their rooms.
While the barbecue was designed to let veterans know how much they are valued, they were quick to acknowledge the favor.
“Thank you,” veteran Carl Dyer said. “We really appreciate this.”
Volunteers and veterans exchanged ‘Thank yous’ early and often during the event.
“Many times veterans’ activities are focused around November during Veterans Day celebrations and during the holidays in December,” said Nancy Sell, the chapter’s major gifts officer who helped coordinate the event. “There aren’t a lot of activities during the summer for veterans who are in the VA hospital.
“We wanted to do something to bridge that gap. We want veterans to know we are thinking about them all year.”
The afternoon concluded with veterans receiving a Red Cross T-shirt and a Red Cross comfort kit, which contains personal hygiene items.

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

Three lose home
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

Tree falls on home during storm
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.

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