Red Cross aids 41 in Jasper and surrounding counties

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Red Cross aids 41 in Jasper and surrounding counties: Sixteen children among people helped during May

American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, June 6, 2014 — The Southern Missouri Region (SOMO) of the American Red Cross helped 41 individuals during May in Jasper and surrounding counties of the Southwest Area (SWMO). There were at least 16 children under the age of 18, while four of the people were age 60 or older. Disaster can affect us all, no matter our age.

SWMO has offices in Nevada and Joplin; and includes Vernon, Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence, and Barry counties. There were at least 13 incidents of fires in these 10 counties.

In its 40-county service area, SOMO helped more than 135 individuals with 56 under the age of 18 during May. Twelve of those assisted were age 60 and older. There were at least 50 incidents of fires in 25 counties.

The people affected were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.

Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in structures with no working smoke alarms. On a national average, Red Cross workers help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster 190 times a day.

If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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