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Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 1107
Contact: Nigel Holderby
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Red Cross 95th Annual Meeting
American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 7/11/12
Tornadoes can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Did you know that across the state of Missouri there have been tornadoes reported every month of the year? In an average year 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. Fires are another form of disaster that respect no season. From a grass fire that got out of control to a single family house fire or multiple unit apartment fire, we see them regularly. A fire can happen any time, day or night, and we respond to an average of 2, every day, across our Region.
When a disaster threatens, the Red Cross prepares. When disaster strikes, the Red Cross responds. The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We most often find people in their darkest hour, from communities where violent and deadly tornadoes have caused miles of loss, to families who have lost everything in a fire. Each disaster is no less devastating than the other.
Across the 40 counties in the Southern Missouri Region, the Red Cross has already responded to multiple tornadoes and fires this year. January - June, 2012, your Red Cross in Southern Missouri has already served over 1650 affected individuals with emergency food, shelter and supplies. That is approximately 9 people per day, who along with a need for monetary assistance to replace the tangible items necessary to live, are in need of hope. Hope for a better tomorrow; Hope of recovery from the devastation of disaster.
All assistance provided by the Red Cross is a gift. It is through donations from businesses and members of the community that this type of response is possible. We would like to thank our generous donors, volunteers, community partners along with our very supportive Board Members for the support and dedication that has allowed the mission of the Red Cross in Southern Missouri to remain strong, yesterday, today and for the coming years.
Meeting will be held at Hickory Hills Country Club, Springfield Township 3909 East Cherry Street, Springfield, MO 65809 at from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on 7/11/12.
Follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/OzarksRedCross for more details on upcoming events and for information about how YOU can get involved and remember; everyone can help 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 your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
K. Nigel Holderby
Chief Communications Officer
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American Red Cross
Southern Missouri Region
(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)
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