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American Red Cross volunteers aid 28 in Southwest Missouri over the weekend

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American Red Cross aids 28 people over the weekend

Increase in home fires creates increased assistance

American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, November 25, 2013 — Volunteers in the Joplin area responded to multiple calls for help over the weekend, opening 12 cases for assistance to 28 people affected by home fires.

Families in your community who lost so much were provided money for a place to stay, 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.

Currently the Red Cross Disaster Services office in Joplin is also providing warm accommodations for members of the community who were evacuated from their apartment building due to a carbon monoxide incident this morning, November 25. Lunch will be provided for those who are waiting to return home. There is no word yet on when the apartment will be safe to enter so Red Cross members are looking into options for overnight accommodations if they should be needed.

As we move into the last two months of 2013, we see an increase in need for Red Cross assistance with an uptick in the number of house fires, as we saw this past weekend. We are thankful to those who are able to help and encourage people to get involved by contacting us to become a Red Cross volunteer or by making a monetary donation to disaster relief.

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 at 410 S. Jackson, Joplin, MO. 64801.

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