Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 1107
Contact: Nigel Holderby
Red Cross Transitions To Close MARC; Service Continues
American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 3/9/12
The American Red Cross continues to provide for the emergency needs of individuals affected by the tornadoes that caused significant damage across the Southern Missouri Region. To date the Red Cross has served over 4500 hot meals, snacks and bottled waters while Volunteers in the SOMO Region have donated over 7000 hours, making this response possible. Caseworkers have opened 127 cases providing emergency assistance to 274 individuals. Written referrals to partnering agencies within the MARC have allowed assistance to be seamless between the Red Cross and partners such as Catholic Charities and Salvation Army, which keeps services from being duplicated.
The Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) continues the “whole community” approach to recovery that begins in the initial response phase. As needs are met and the number of clients coming in to receive services becomes less, we begin the transition to close the MARC. In order to make the most of donated dollars, the MARC will close on Saturday 3/10/12 at 5:00 pm. At that time assistance will revert back to outreach and individual calls for assistance. Clients or individuals still needing additional services in Barry, Dallas, Stone and Taney counties are encouraged to call the toll free number for Red Cross Disaster Services at #866-206-0256. Additional referrals will continue with partners as needs are identified.
All assistance provided by the Red Cross is a gift from the community. Your donations make this type of response possible. People can help those affected by disasters like these Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Additional information about volunteering in the area can be obtained by calling 2-1-1. Donations are currently being collected and distributed at Tri-Lakes Church, 2527 St. HWY 248 Branson, MO. between 9 am and 4 pm Monday-Friday.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.