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Red Cross Providing Comfort and Support to Families in Texas

06/01/2022 9:43 AM | Anonymous

The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the entire American Red Cross family, including retirees,  are with the Uvalde community and all those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy. The American Red Cross is coordinating with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now.

The Red Cross continues to work alongside other community organizations on the ground in Texas as well as national partners to ensure that immediate needs are being met, to include providing support for a family assistance center and several memorial sites. More than 30 trained Red Cross volunteers are onsite providing mental health, health services and spiritual care support to families who have suffered unimaginable loss and to those in the community who have also experienced emotional trauma.

Red Cross services to the community will continue in the coming days as the work transitions from the family assistance center to more long-term resilience support.

 Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to respond to this tragedy and is  not accepting financial or other donations designated specifically for this event. Also, Red Cross cannot accept donations of stuffed animals, clothing, blankets or other items; please contact a local organization — such as a faith-based group, children’s hospital or women’s shelter — to see if they are able to accept such donations.

While Red Cross does not typically serve hospitals in this area of Texas, the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood and blood products as needed in response to this tragedy. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. This tragedy illustrates that it is the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency.

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