Ever wonder how your money is used when you donate to the Red Cross?

Remember when I told you about Emeel Salem and other Lowe’s Senior Class Award winners raising money for tornado victims?” Yesterday I received an email thanking me for my donation and I thought I’d share some of it with you in case you’re wondering where the money goes.

“In Joplin, Missouri, Christine Stockwell provides a shoulder to cry on, a comforting hug, and a listening ear. She’s there because of you.

Nearly 13,000 Red Cross workers like Christine have been deployed from every single U.S. state, to communities struck by the horrendous spring storms. From Alabama to Montana, they’re working day and night, helping victims put their lives back together.

No doubt you’ve seen in the news or in our email updates, how truly devastating these storms were. And beyond the visual damage, people young and old are deeply traumatized by what’s happened – to their home, family and community. As Christine put it, “We don’t just have wounded bodies, we have wounded spirits [too].”

But with every meal and hygiene kit distributed, every caring conversation and hug, a piece of hope is restored.

Since March 31, with your support, our nearly 13,000 Red Cross staff and volunteers:
• Served more than 3.1 million meals and snacks
• Handed out nearly 1.5 million relief items like toothbrushes and shampoo, tarps, coolers, rakes and other clean-up supplies
• Provided more than 73,000 mental health and health consultations
• Opened more than 270 shelters and provided nearly 35,000 overnight stays
We’ll be helping people today and in the weeks to come.

I cannot thank you enough for making this all possible. There are many communities still hurting, but with you, we are there with them every step of the way.”

These summer storms aren’t over. The Red Cross will continue to need our help. I didn’t think ten dollars would do very much, but when you think about toothbrushes or a meal for the volunteers, ten dollars from ten people can go a long way.

If you can donate, here is the Lowe’s Senior Class Award page for the Red Cross. You can do it more than once if you find you can spare another ten dollars. When you hear about the damage and feel powerless to help, you can donate or spread the word about how to donate if you can’t spare money. None of us are immune from natural disasters. We all need each other.

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