Press Release: Illinois 6.17.08

American Red Cross Update


For Media: For more information on Red Cross services in these areas, please contact Leslie Anthony at (309) 781-5568.

A mobile feeding kitchen has been set up at New Life Baptist Church, 7780 W. Locust Street, Davenport. This is a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptists. The mobile feeding kitchen has the ability to serve 10,000 meals a day. American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles pick up meals at the kitchen and deliver them to affected areas along the Mississippi River.

American Red Cross shelters are also open at the following locations. Families seeking shelter are urged to bring bedding and necessary medications with them to the shelter:

  • West Central High School, RR 1, Biggsville, IL
  • Solid Rock Baptist Church, 14041 Locust Street, Wapello, Iowa
  • Keithsburg Christian Church, 2005 Main Street, Keithsburg, IL
  • New Boston Fire Station, 602 Broadway Street, New Boston, IL
  • West Burlington High School, 408 W. Van Weiss Blvd, Burlington, IA

The shelter at Glenview Middle School, East Moline, and Lousia and Muscatine Schools, Letts, are now closed. They can be reopened immediately if there is a need.

In addition, Red Cross clean-up kits are available at the Red Cross office, 1100 River Drive, Moline between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Those requesting kits should bring a photo ID with them and must be the homeowner of the affected home.

In addition, the Red Cross anticipates spending millions as it moves forward with relief efforts for the victims of flooding and tornadoes across seven states, an enormous geographic area. Already, more than 1,400 Red Cross workers are assisting people in the affected areas, and the organization is gearing up to provide additional relief. The current relief operations follow two extremely busy months for the Red Cross, with 27 disaster operations in April and May. These operations will cost the Red Cross millions of dollars and the help of the American public is needed to meet the growing needs. In order to quickly respond to anyone with disaster -caused needs, the Red Cross must have money available immediately. This emergency resource is provided by the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, which is very much in need of funds.
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 flooding and thousands of other disasters across the country each year 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 those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW 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, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

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