Red Cross supports airlift of relief supplies in Washington community


By: Abi Weaver
American Red Cross

LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2007) – The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter helped coordinated an airlift of relief supplies to the community of Pe Ell on Tuesday afternoon with the help of Lewis County Emergency Management. With rising floodwaters and overflowing banks of the Chehalis River, the community of Pe Ell became an island with water surrounding the town and trapping residents from being able to evacuate.

With Interstate 5 closed due to water over the roadway, Red Cross disaster volunteers and the Lewis County Emergency Management officials took a boat across to the Wal-Mart in Lewis County. The store generously donated bottled water, food, baby formula, clothing, and additional supplies for the airlift. The Red Cross added blankets, comfort, kits, and shelter supplies for the weary residents of Pe Ell.

For those seeking Red Cross assistance, please call 1-866-GET-INFO.

How You Can Help

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Northwest Flooding, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting



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