American Red Cross President pleads for blood donations, money and volunteers

The Red Cross of Western Massachusetts needs your help, helping those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Cross of Western Massachusetts needs your help, helping those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

“It just breaks your heart and people have lost their homes, lost their belongings.”

In your neighborhood or hundreds of miles away, The Red Cross of Western Massachusetts is there with open arms, blankets, teddy bears, food and shelter when it’s needed the most. That need is greatest right now in the Carolinas. Hurricane Matthew dumped a foot of rain there nearly a week ago, but the greatest threat is right now as rivers crest, threatening to drown yards and flood homes.

22News spoke with American Red Cross President Gail McGovern who said there are still 3,200 people in shelters across the Southeast.

“We’ve already served 390,000 meals and snacks if you can believe that number. It’s so huge. So financial donations are really needed,” said McGovern.

That money will replenish the supply of blankets, toiletries and meals from places like the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts in Springfield sent to the Carolinas. McGovern said you can be assured your money will go directly to hurricane recovery efforts.

“On our website, there’s a place to donate for Hurricane Matthew and all of that money will be used for this operation,” McGovern told 22News.

There’s a dire need for blood donations. It’s not just for victims wounded in the hurricane: it’s for the many blood banks that had to cancel blood drives and appointments during the storm.

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 or text MATTHEW to 90999 for $10 donations.