2011-02-10 / Local & State

Red Cross Responds To Massive Winter Storm

The American Red Cross is on the ground in 19 states, offering food, comfort and a safe place to stay to people affected by the massive winter storm two weeks ago that has buried the country in ice and snow from the Rocky Mountains to Maine.

Across the country, 73 shelters were open in nine states as of midnight January 26, with additional shelters on standby as the storm system moved to the Northeast. In Chicago alone, more than 360 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters In Tulsa, Red Cross disaster workers housed almost 70 people overnight who could not make it home due to the storm. Five Red Cross disaster warehouses were on alert, ready to ship supplies to where they were needed to help people in the path of this huge winter storm.

Red Cros chapters across the country opened shelters to provide hot meals and safe places to stay to stranded motorists, or those who have had to leave their homes,” said Jane Gable, executive director of the Southern Alleghenies chapter serving Bedford, Blair, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. “This storm was projected to affect a third of the population of this country and we are lending a hand where needed. While our region was outside the path of this storm, financial donations will make it possible for the Red Cross to respond to future needs.”

If someone wants to help people affected by the storm or those affected by the thousands of disasters across the country and around the world, they can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the Southern Alleghenies Chapter, 4100 5th Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

The number of blood donations gone uncollected due to winter storms rose to nearly 23,000 nationwide overnight, with more blood drive cancellations expected as the storm moved toward New England. The Red Cross urges people who are eligible to schedule an appointment to give blood now.

People can schedule their donation by calling 1-800- RED- CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donations with O-Negative, ANegative and B-Negative blood. To give blood, someone must be 17 years of age or older or 16 with parental permission in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certian height and weight requirements. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when coming to donate.

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