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American Red Cross aids over 100 people in southern Missouri during September

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FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SOUTHERN MISSOURI REGION

American Red Cross aids over 100 people during September:
Residents in 20 counties impacted across the 40-county area.

The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped more than 100 individuals across at least 20 counties in its 40-county service area during a four-week period in September.

There were nearly 30 incidents of single family fires from Sept. 1-27. Families ranged from one person households to some with at least seven.

Greene County saw 20 people receiving aid during the period. It was followed by Jasper (13 people aided) and Wright (11 people) counties.

Individuals had insurance on their property in about a quarter of the cases.

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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