Little Tyler Peters gives a big hug to American Red Cross volunteer Rick Kolb. The Peters’ family home was damaged by both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rick lives in Bridgeport, OH and has been with the Red Cross for three years. He has also been a volunteer fireman, EMT and paramedic for the past 32 years.
Ministerial alliance to feed residents at Red Cross shelters in Terrebonne Parish
HOUMA, La., Sept. 24, 2008 – In a display of humanitarian outreach, a ministerial alliance will join the American Red Cross in feeding efforts for those displaced by recent hurricanes in Terrebonne Parish.
WHAT: Pastors of 28 churches that make up the Louisiana 5th District Association will prepare and deliver lunches to Red Cross shelter residents.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 Noon
- Dumas Auditorium, Tunnel Boulevard, Houma, La.
- Schriever Gymnasium Auditorium, Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.
HOW: The ministers will prepare the meals at four churches on Thursday morning: St. Matthews Baptist on Highway 311, Residence Baptist on Isaac Street, Rock of Ages Baptist on Aycock Street, and Pilgrim Baptist on Highway 403.
WHY: Red Cross shelters continue to be home for about 160 people who cannot return home because of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in Terrebonne Parish.
- Contact: Paige Roberts – (228) 990-6712
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter
The following statistics indicate the statistics for Hurricane Ike in Texas and the combined figures of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav for Louisiana.
- Last night over 5,000 people sought refuge in 50 shelters.
- The Red Cross to date has served more than two million meals and snacks to those affected by Hurricane Ike.
- More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers and volunteers are on the ground to assist.
- More than 50 kitchens are ready to serve those who need food and water.
- More than 190 Emergency Response Vehicles are in state.
- More than 350 people were provided safe haven last night in 6 shelters.
- Over 1,200 Red Cross disaster workers and volunteers are on the ground to assist.
- The Red Cross to date has served more than two million meals and snacks to those affected by Gustav and Ike.
- More than 90 Emergency Response Vehicles are in state.
- Last night over 13,000 people sought refuge in 127 shelters.
- The Red Cross to date has served almost 300,000 meals and snacks to those affected by Hurricane Ike.
- More than 4,000 Red Cross disaster workers and volunteers are on the ground to assist.
- More than one million ready to eat meals are in place.
- More than 20 kitchens are getting ready to serve those who need food and water.
- More than 100 Emergency Response Vehicles are in state.
- Almost 1,000 people were provided safe haven last night in 14 shelters.
- Over 3,500 Red Cross disaster workers and volunteers are on the ground to assist.
- The Red Cross to date has served more than one million meals and snacks to those affected by Gustav and Ike.
- Additional Emergency Response Vehicles are moving into west Louisiana to provide mobile feeding to the most heavily affected areas.
Almost 300 people stayed overnight in shelters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio where Ike’s powerful winds and flood waters forced people to leave their homes.
CMO Council Rallies Corporate Support for American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
Red Cross Assists Thousands in Wake of Hurricane Ike
WASHINGTON, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 – The American Red Cross today announced a new alliance with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council that leverages the combined reach, expertise and influence of corporate marketers worldwide to encourage donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The 3,500 CMO Council members manage some $100 billion in annual marketing expenditures worldwide and communicate with millions of potential donors daily through online and offline media channels.
The announcement comes as the Red Cross continues to provide services to thousands affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and days after the launch of a national campaign to raise an initial $100 million to replenish the fund depleted by an active year of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund supports the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year and enables the Red Cross to provide disaster victims with shelter, food, counseling and other assistance.
The CMO Council will issue a special bulletin to its members, affiliates and partners and disseminate traditional and social media creative and content that companies can use in corporate intranets, newsletters, public service ads, blogs, digital signage systems, email and text messaging campaigns, as well as community outreach.
“The American Red Cross touches people in every market and its humanitarian mission has relevance for all of our members committed to social responsibility programs,” said Donovan Neale-May, Executive Director. He added, “Helping the American Red Cross reach these markets is one way our members can give back and further their customer affinity programs with cause-related communications activities.”
There are many ways CMO Council employees, customers, distribution partners and trade audiences can support the Red Cross. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting http://www.redcross.org. Another way people can help is through the Text 2HELPTM Initiative, a cooperative partnership between the Red Cross and the Wireless Foundation. Users simply text message the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357) and a $5 donation will be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.
“We are thrilled to tap into the collective talent, leadership and resources that the CMO Council brings to the table,” said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “This alignment will go a long way toward helping victims of disaster meet their critical needs.”
The Red Cross responded to a record number of tornadoes this year, the worst flooding in the Midwest in 15 years, an early wildfire season and an active hurricane season-disasters that steadily depleted the Disaster Relief Fund. Hurricane Gustav, which made landfall on September 1, is estimated to cost the Red Cross $40-$70 million and the organization has only raised a fraction of what is needed to support affected families. Early cost estimates indicate the Red Cross response to Hurricane Ike may exceed the cost of Hurricane Gustav.
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American Red Cross shelters in Southeast Louisiana
Update as of 5 p.m., Sept. 15, 2008
As residents put their lives and homes back together after Hurricane Gustav and the effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter is transitioning shelters daily, based on needs.
Today, shelters are open in:
- Assumption: St. Philomena (120 Convent St., Labadieville, La.)
- Jefferson: Pard Playground (5185 Arpent Road, Marrero, La.)
- Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
- Terrebonne: Devon Keller Memorial Center (5575 Bayou Black Drive, Gibson, La.)
- Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
- Terrebonne: Schriever gymnasium (102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.)
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescription and emergency medications
- Foods and water
- Identification and important personal documents
- Change of clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
As electricity is nearly restored throughout the New Orleans metro area, Red Cross emergency feeding efforts are focused on bayou areas where residents need food due to flooding and/or power outages. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.
- Media contact: Michelle Hebert – (504) 915-9096
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter