American Red Cross--Down the street, across the country, and around the world.

Mother Nature dealt southeastern Minnesota a severe blow only months ago, with record flooding in September 2010. As the rain fell and the waters rose, the Red Cross was there, providing shelter, blankets and meals to residents forced to leave their homes. As the flood waters receded, Red Cross volunteers continued to provide meals, cleanup assistance and sometimes just a shoulder to cry on. Our trained mental health workers also provided service to help people deal with the emotional impact of the flooding. When all was said and done, more than 270 Red Cross volunteers opened 10 shelters, served over 34,000 meals and snacks, and distributed 2,000 cleanup kits and almost 7,000 bulk items like garbage bags, mops, brooms and other items.

While that effort is just barely behind us, the National Weather Service is now predicting a high likelihood of flooding in the area this spring. A wetter-than-usual fall followed by abnormally heavy snow this winter means that the Red Cross is preparing for another flood relief effort--and we need your help! You can help feed, shelter and provide comfort to your neighbors, communities and friends when you donate to the disaster relief efforts of your local Red Cross.

The American Red Cross stands ready to help--any time, any place the need arises. Help us to help your community be Red Cross Ready.

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    The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
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