American Red Cross asks for money and volunteers

American Red Cross asks for money and volunteers

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The American Red Cross has activated its Aviation Response (AIR) Team to respond in New York City, and trained disaster workers from the American Red Cross of Greater New York and the National Capitol Chapter in Washington, D.C. are already providing relief in the affected areas to victims, family members and emergency services personnel. The relief work will continue for months and months to come.

The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross expects to deploy volunteer mental health workers and others trained in disaster services to assist in providing the relief. Jackie Schaefer-Wurst of Rockford is a member of the American Red Cross Aviation Incident Response Team.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Funds by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions may also be sent to Rock River Chapter, American Red Cross, 727 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103, or call 815-963-8471. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

Please note: At this time, the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross can only accept money or offers to volunteer. People wishing to donate blood in Rockford should be directed to the Northern Illinois Blood Bank. In other areas, call or visit your local Red Cross or other blood collection contact. Thank you.

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