Created on Saturday, 01 September 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A “blind” phone call to the local American Red Cross office resulted in long distance assistance for a Louisiana woman flooded out of her home by Tropical Storm Isaac.
Thursday evening, local director Sheri Timmers received a call from a resident of St. Bernard, La., who was looking for a shelter on the Internet and somehow came upon the telephone number for the Logan County office.
“She did not realize she had called Ohio, and it didn’t matter. I was happy to help her locate the shelter nearest her location and connect her with our volunteer workers on the ground there,” Ms. Timmers said. “We are all one Red Cross, so any one of us across the nation would help her get connected to the right resources. That is the heart of the American Red Cross and why I love my job!”
Red Cross has deployed more than 3,000 disaster workers throughout the Gulf Coast states and has served over 22,000 meals. More materials and supplies are positioned for use, including pre-stocking another 300,000 ready-to-eat meals. A total of 21 volunteers have been deployed from the Ohio region and more are expected to be deployed in the next week.
Donations are needed and may be made by mailing 105 N. Detroit St., P.O. Box 435, West Liberty, http://www.redcross.org/, (800) RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more information or to volunteer, call (937) 650-5000.