A Message from Cindy Erickson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri Today on June 2, across the country, the Red Cross asks all Americans to give to our first-ever #allin1day online giving campaign, a campaign to ensure the American Red Cross can deliver help and hope to neighbors in need. Here in Eastern Missouri, that need is daily. In addition to the episodic floods and tornadoes, home fires affect more of our neighbors than all our weather-related storms combined. Last year, our local response teams help families after to more than 1,300 home fires. In February and March this year, the in Eastern Missouri responded to more than five fires every day.
We helped neighbors like Debra Beecher https://youtu.be/MFmwzqRnssI after an apartment fire in North St. Louis County. We were there for an Osage Beach single mother and her three school-age sons after their apartment fire. They stayed with family, but the Red Cross replaced their clothes and gave them assistance for food. Caseworkers helped them work out a long-term plan. We also helped an elderly Martinsburg couple after a dryer exploded. Red Cross caseworkers met with the couple and helped them, as we usually do, with food, clothing and shelter. We also helped them with long term recovery. These stories are repeated every day in the region. With your help, the Red Cross will continue to respond.