Many Left Homeless in Tornadoes’ Wake

Our hearts go out the many whose lives have been devastated by the tornadoes that ripped through Western and Central Massachusetts yesterday.

Bettina Hansen / Hardford Courant / June 1, 2011
At least 4 people lost their lives, and many families and individuals lost their homes and/or businesses. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but we know that hundreds, if not thousands of people will need help.
The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations help people affected by the storms that affected the Springfield area, as well as other crises here and around the world.
The Red Cross is accepting only monetary help. According to Paige Thayer, Deputy Director of Chapter Support for the Pioneer Valley Chapter, the chapter is unable to accept donations of items like household goods because it does not have the resources, staff or material to store, sort, transport and redistribute those types of items. Community groups or churches often are able to fill in to help fill these needs, she said.

Click image to visit Red Cross of Western MA donation page

 Monetary donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter at 506 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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