Red Cross to distribute relief supplies in several Heartland counties

MISSOURI (KFVS) - The American Red Cross in Missouri distributed relief supplies, Sunday, May 7.

Volunteer teams surveyed remote locations to discover areas of need.

Teams will be in the following counties: Butler, Carter, Ripley, Wayne, Reynolds, Pulaski, Phelps, Cole, Maries, and Miller.

Specifically, relief centers will be open in Reynolds, Butler, Carter, and Ripley Counties within the next 10 days.

Red Cross volunteers have distributed 25,644 cleanup kits, comfort kits and bulk items such as shovels, tarps and gloves in response to the historic flooding.

Road openings and clear weather have allowed access to more areas affected by the flood waters.

Emergency Response Vehicles are out in neighborhoods affected by the flooding serving meals, water and snacks.  So far, volunteers have served 4,013 meals and snacks to area residents.

As of Friday, the Red Cross has provided 814 shelter night stays at 15 total shelters across Missouri and Illinois.

Red Cross volunteers have OPEN shelters at the following locations:

  • Branson United Methodist Church at 1208 W. Highway 76, Branson, MO
  • Calvary Baptist Church at 2650 Oakridge Extension, Neosho, MO
  • First Baptist Church Gainesville at 122 2nd Street, Gainesville, MO
  • First Baptist Church at 202 Walnut, West Plains, MO
  • Manchester United Methodist at 129 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO. Humane Society Mobile Animal Shelter on Site.
  • TriCounty Senior Center at 800 W. Union Street, Pacific Humane Society of Missouri and Pacific Animal Shelter are partnering
  • Youth Community Center at 1204 County Road D, Van Buren, MO
  • Hope Lutheran Church at 3715 Wabash Avenue, Granite City, Illinois. Call Metro East Humane Society at 618-656-4405 for help.

In addition to providing safe place to sleep, volunteers will serve meals and snacks, and address medical concerns.

"Red Cross volunteers are working to bring care and comfort to those who have been displaced by this flooding," Cindy Erickson, Eastern Missouri CEO said. "The Red Cross brings real help and hope to our neighbors in their darkest hour."

The Red Cross also brought some supplies directly to those affected. Starting Sunday the crews were taking hot meals out to people in Ripley, Carter, and Reynold counties.

They used what they called a search and feed approach, where they drive around some of the most heavily affected areas and feed those who are in the most need. IT's only possible because everyone around the country has been trained the same way.

"Everyone knows what to do and we always get new volunteers and it's just a great place to work," said Kitchen Manager, Ryan Sayler.

Crews will continue to serve those areas until they feel there is no more need for it.

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