Red Cross calls for support and aid for those affected by Hurricane Matthew

Support remains critical

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands have been displaced by Hurricane Matthew. People are still in shelter as rivers continue to crest and flood residential areas.

Support remains critical to keep hundred of Red Cross volunteers, including twenty from Massachusetts, and shelters in place.

On Friday, 22News will show you how you can help its local volunteers and those displaced and affected by Hurricane Matthew. red-cross-supplies

The Red Cross Western MA sent three volunteers and more than 100 trucks filled with supplies including blankets and clean water to the Carolina’s to help the thousands in need. Now they’re in desperate need of supplies for future disasters, both locally and nationally.

Nearly 4,500 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida had to stay in 77 Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night, after their homes were flooded, or in some cases, destroyed by the hurricane.
The Red Cross has already sent 100 trailers full of relief items including, food, water, and blankets, and comfort kits to the Carolinas.

They have also served more than 356,000 meals and snacks, and 16,000 relief items, but that’s still not enough to help every victim.

The recovery efforts in the hardest hit areas, are actually just beginning. That’s why the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts is asking for your help. They need everything from platelet and blood donations, to donations to buy more food, snacks, blankets, and other emergency supplies.

Blood and platelets are so critical right now, they’re being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they come in.

If you’re looking for a way to help,  the blood center at the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts is open until 2:30 p.m. Friday located at at 150 Brookdale Drive in Springfield.

To find out how you can help, you can go to the American Red Cross website and donate here.  You can also call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or text MATTHEW to 90999 for $10 donations.