Red Cross seeking donations for disaster relief

The American Red Cross is seeking donations for disaster relief in parts the country hit by flooding and tornadoes.

Across the South, more than 1,250 people spent Thursday night in a Red Cross shelter because of tornadoes and flooding. In addition, Red Cross emergency response vehicles continue to travel through neighborhoods to deliver hot meals and supplies such as cleanup kits, shovels and tarps to affected individuals.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is ramping up for what may be historic floods along the Mississippi River, and is sending additional personnel and supplies into the region. Thousands of people along the river are expected to be impacted by these floods.

Forecasters warn that flood waters could remain in areas for as long as two weeks, forcing thousands of people to stay in shelters for more than a month. Consequently, the Red Cross is readying itself for a long-term and widespread relief operation.

Donations can be made at online at, by calling 513-579-3000 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at P.O. Box 5216, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5216.

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