Hurricane Ike - Help Still Badly Needed

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through Southeast Missouri a few weeks ago, imagine if it brought more than strong winds and some rain. Imagine packing-up your family and what few personal items that could fit in your car. The next day you’re watching your hometown disappear from a motel television, perhaps several states away. Today, you could still be homeless, unemployed and in desperate need of help.

United Way, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and countless other organizations need your help providing food, shelter and other basic needs to these hurricane victims. Resources were already low from recent natural disasters like the wildfires in California and flooding in the Midwest before Hurricane Ike was even on the radar.

Southeast Missourians can help by sending a contribution to the recovery funds below, or by volunteering with the Red Cross. Volunteers are trained locally and sent for 15-day shifts to affected areas. Contact our local Red Cross at 1-888-335-9471 for more information.

Please do not substitute a national gift for local giving. While our neighboring states and friends to the south need our help right now, our neighbors and friends right here in Southeast Missouri need our help every day. You can learn more about what United Way is doing to change lives in Southeast Missouri and prepare for local disasters by calling 334-9634 or visit www.unitedwayofsemo.org.

Long-term Recovery

United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund

5195 Hamstead Village Way - Suite 135

New Albany, OH 43054

www.liveunited.org/recoveryfund

Immediate Recovery

American Red Cross

2430 Myra Drive

Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

www.redcross.org

Salvation Army Disaster Relief

PO Box 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301-0959

www.salvationarmyusa.org/

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