Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TN Red Crossers Helping Folks in LA & Others States


As more Tennessee Red Crossers return home from deployment, many continue to help folks in Louisiana and other states, and more volunteers are deploying where help is needed. 

As of last night, 55 Tennessee Red Crossers have returned from deployment. Meanwhile, 90 Red Crossers from our state are still helping those affected by the devastating floods in Louisiana. Additionally, the American Red Cross is responding to disasters in other parts of the country, and three Tennessee volunteers are deployed outside of Louisiana: one in California, one in Indiana, and one in Florida. For the latest on the Red Cross response to the disasters in Louisiana and beyond, visit here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

50 TN Red Crossers Return from LA & CA Deployments, Many Still Deployed


Sarah Carman is one of 50 Tennessee Red Crossers who have returned from deployment from Louisiana and California. Sarah, who's from the East Tennessee chapter, was deployed to Louisiana to help with bulk distribution.
From last night's count, 93 Red Crossers from Tennessee are still helping in Louisiana, and we have more heading out there each day. Since the latest bout of flooding began in Louisiana, 2,900 Red Crossers across the nation have deployed there. Read some stories here of volunteers who have dropped everything to help folks in the Bayou State.
You can help our deployed volunteers help Louisiana flood victims by donating to the Red Cross. To donate, please visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.

Monday, August 29, 2016

More TN Red Crossers Return from Deployment; Donation Info


Forty Red Crossers from our state have returned from their deployments in Louisiana and California, and we still have more than 100 deployed. We salute all of our Red Cross volunteers and staff who have deployed or will be deploying soon! Here's a recent photo of Tennessee Red Cross staffer Sarah Basel hugging a Louisiana resident.
Thanks to all of you who have donated to the Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating floods in Louisiana. Your generosity is most appreciated! As we've mentioned recently, we've received some questions about what can be donated to the Red Cross to help Louisiana flood victims. Please visit here to learn more about what can be donated. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

30+ TN Red Crossers Return from LA & CA. 100+ Still Deployed


More than 30 Tennessee Red Crossers have returned from their Louisiana and California deployments. Meanwhile, more than 100 of our state's volunteers and staff are still deployed to help flood victims in Louisiana, and we have one volunteer still helping with wildfire relief efforts in California.
One of the Tennessee Red Crossers who's just deployed to Louisiana, John Williams from the Mid-West Tennessee chapter, is a disaster spiritual care volunteer. Learn more about how Red Cross disaster spiritual care volunteers are assisting those affected by the devastating Louisiana floods:rdcrss.org/2ccfy3r.
You can help us help others by donating to the Red Cross. To donate, please visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.

Friday, August 26, 2016

120 Tennessee Red Crossers Deployed to Louisiana


Tennessee now has 120 Red Crossers deployed to help those affected by the Louisiana floods, like Destiny and Michael, who are assembling a broom from a Red Cross cleanup kit.
We can deliver these cleanup kits to folks in disasters thanks to monetary donations from caring individuals. To help us provide more cleanup kits and supplies to Louisiana flood victims, please consider donating to the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Photo Credit: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

100+ TN Red Crossers Now Helping in LA


East Tennessee Red Cross volunteer Sarah Carman is among the 100-plus Tennessee Red Crossers assisting with flood relief efforts in Louisiana. She's pictured here giving a cleanup supplies and water to Louisiana resident Kathy Taylor on Friday.

As of last night, our state has officially sent 102 Red Cross volunteers and staff to the Bayou State. And as we've mentioned recently, eight Tennesseans have also deployed to help wildfire relief efforts in California. To help us help folks in disasters like these, please donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.

Photo by: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tennessee Volunteer Shares Story from Louisiana Shelter

The following story and photos are from Scott Toncray, one of 65 volunteers from Tennessee currently deployed in Louisiana.  Scott is deployed as a Public Affairs volunteer, taking photos and writing stories about the Red Cross services being providing.


I spent much of today with the family in these photos in a shelter in Livingston Parish. Their neighbor knocked on the door and told them to leave, to get out, "JUST GO". The water was rising.

They grabbed a few things and waded through waist-deep water to escape. Keith and Alicia Littlejohn, the parents of these three beautiful children, survived, but lost everything. Before our interview, Alicia broke down a little and asked me, "How could the man who saved our lives not save his own?" They learned on the news that the neighbor who had knocked on their door and told them to evacuate, had drowned. At that moment I broke down, and I decided to stick around, because sometimes listening and sharing a shoulder to cry on is the best you can do.

Later, I took more photos, took turns with Liberty (their daughter) who took photos of us, until the CEO of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern, arrived and met the Littlejohns. Shortly after, I was able to introduce them to a stately looking gentleman when Alicia said, "You look familiar," and he replied, "I'm your U.S. Senator and I am going to make sure you get the help you need." She broke a little. So did I. The Red Cross CEO said the same thing. “So will I. We are all going to work together to make sure families like this one get the help they need.”



Submitted August 17, 2016