In a small rural town near Chehalis, Wash, life revolves around the local high school – basketball games, fundraisers and parent-teacher conferences keep families and neighbors connected. And residents of Adna and the American Red Cross weren’t going to allow a flood to disrupt that tradition. Volunteers delivered warm meals to the Adna High School to give families a break from cleaning up their homes and property, visit with friends and learn about flood relief services available in the community. The more than 150 mud-caked boots that walked through the cafeteria doors symbolized this community’s resiliency and the tight-knit community the Red Cross is working so hard to restore.
Shelter residents and Red Cross workers took a minute to clown around with comedic entertainers from Yakima, Wash., and relieve some stress caused by last week’s flooding. The troop lifted spirits, brought joy and laughter for the dozens of families staying at Red Cross shelter in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis, Wash.
Beverly Patrick was the first person to visit with Red Cross caseworker, Jim Whitehouse, when he arrived at the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-day Saints in Centralia, Wash. Read the rest of this entry »
Distribution of financial assistance for Oregon flood victims begins
PORTLAND, Ore. – Beginning today at noon, the American Red Cross will open four service delivery sites to provide additional help to victims of the devastating floods that occurred along the northern Oregon coast.
At the sites, residents can meet directly with Red Cross caseworkers to discuss the possibility of financial assistance to meet disaster-caused emergency needs, including clothing, lost medicine, safe shelter and referrals. Assistance is based on each individual family’s needs. Due to high demand, service center visitors should be prepared for long lines. The service delivery sites are located at:
Vernonia – Cedar Ridge Camp
18962 Keasey Rd.
12/9: 12 – 5 p.m.
Astoria/Seaside – Camp Rilea
91204 Rilea Rd.
12/9: 12 – 5 p.m.
Tillamook – Oregon Dept. of Forestry
5005 3rd St.
12/9: 1 – 5 p.m.
Clatskanie – Clatskanie Middle School
555 SE Bryant St.
12/9: 1 – 5 p.m.
Starting Monday, Dec. 10, regular hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Red Cross will continue to distribute meals out of emergency response vehicles and at designated kitchens in these communities. For specific information, affected residents are urged to call 1-866-GET-INFO.
“We know that the families in these communities suffered tremendously from these storms,” said Thomas Bruner, CEO, Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross. “We may be able to assist with a Red Cross debit card to shop for things their family needs such as diapers and baby formula, new clothing and shoes, and medical supplies.”
The Red Cross asks those who want to help the organization to make financial contributions. “When someone makes a gift to the Red Cross, we use that gift to get our assistance directly to the affected families,” said Bruner. “Without these gifts, we would not be able to open service centers like we’re doing today.” To make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org.
Convoys of Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and moving trucks bearing the Red Cross emblem are traveling throughout Lewis County distributing warm meals, bottled water and clean up supplies to residents affected by the flood. Bringing these essential items directly to individuals and families working to clean up and repair their homes allows them to stay focused and moving forward in the recovery process.
Red Cross vehicles will be staging out of the following Southern Baptist-operated kitchen locations:
519 N. Second Street, Pe Ell, WA 98572
Gray’s Harbor County Fairgrounds, 32 Elma-McCleary Road, Elma, WA 98541
Additional supplies and vehicles are being staged at:
2821 Ocean Drive (Hwy 101) Raymond, WA 98577
Clean up supplies are also available to the public at:
American Red Cross Kitsap County Office, 811 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The American Red Cross continues to provide relief to residents affected by the flooding throughout Western Washington and urges residents to register on the Safe and Well list. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” and obtain a much-needed peace of mind. The Chehalis Timberland Library and Techline, a technology company in Aberdeen, are allowing friends and family members without power to access the Safe and Well Web site from their computer terminals. If you are unable to travel call someone to register for you. To register visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) for assistance from a Red Cross agent, or visit the following locations.
Chehalis Timberland Library
350 N. Market Blvd.
Chehalis, WA 98532-0419
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The library is located across the street from the Red Cross shelter at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis.
914 E. Wishkah
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Thursday until 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Techline is running on generator power so the available hours are subject to change.
The company is located across the street from Wal Mart in Aberdeen.