Red Cross Texarkana asking for donations

Red Cross Texarkana asking for donations

People in central Texas are still recovering from Halloween's severe weather.
People in Central Texas are still recovering from Halloween's severe weather.

Last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, intense rain events caused flash flooding throughout Central Texas, crippling parts of Travis, Hays and Blanco counties. A variety of neighborhoods, including Onion Creek and the Dove Springs area of Austin, experienced flooding up to and beyond the 100-year flood plain.

More than 700 homes were damaged and dozens destroyed.

A few local volunteers were sent to help out. They've delivered hot meals and snacks to the affected neighborhoods, along with other much-needed relief supplies and materials to help families begin the clean up and recovery process.

“When disasters happen, it’s the Red Cross that responds first by having volunteers ready to go at a moment’s notice” said John Davis, Executive Director, American Red Cross Texarkana Area Chapter. “Times like this are the reason trained volunteers are so important to the Red Cross. Knowing what to do in a situation that might be totally unexpected is what we prepare our volunteers for so they can act quickly and help out wherever needed.”

So far in response to the Central Texas flooding, the Red Cross has opened numerous shelters, served nearly 32,000 meals and snacks, handed out almost 2,800 clean-up kits and deployed nearly 20 emergency response vehicles.  In addition, our workers have provided hundreds of health and mental health services to those coping with the devastation.

Davis says that there are ways for people in the Texarkana area to support Red Cross during this and other disasters, even if one is not able to deploy out of Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas

“Here in the Texarkana area, you can help in a couple important ways.  I encourage anyone with a desire to help to sign up and begin training as a local disaster volunteer.  Additionally, you can help deliver immediate relief in the wake of such disasters by making a gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund,” said Davis. “Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, health services and emotional support to those who need help during these unpredictable disasters.”

To begin your training as a volunteer, you can fill out your online application at www.redcross.org/northeasttexas. To donate, you can drop your gift by the office at 821 Spruce, Texarkana, TX  75501, give online at www.redcross.org/northeasttexas or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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