Posted: Mar 14, 2011 11:28 AM by Press Release
The Red Cross released this story and update:
American Red Cross volunteers Don Stamper and Jean Lanier were sitting on the front steps of a Rayne house last week talking to a family whose home was damaged during the tornado. The steps that had led to the front door now sat before a wall; the home had shifted more than four feet, off its concrete blocks.
The two volunteers had been walking door-to-door last week in Rayne, meeting with residents to consider their individual needs and how the Red Cross could help.
"I think it helps to know people care about them and that people are helping them," said Stamper, a nurse from Shreveport, who emphasizes the assistance is donated.
Although most residents in Rayne needing assistance following the March 5 tornado have received help by the American Red Cross, volunteers continue working to support those efforts.
More than 106 volunteers have been dedicated to Acadiana, as well as around south and central Louisiana, where storms and tornadoes also damaged residences.
Nearly 150 people have received financial aid, 133 received clean-up kits and 45 received comfort kits. Assistance has included temporary shelter, clothing, bedding, food and more.
"It's important to help people," said Stamper, who has actively volunteered for the Red Cross since 2005, usually at shelters. "Once you do it, it's addictive. You try to help whenever you can."
More than 2,900 meals and nearly 1,300 snacks have been served, mostly via mobile feeding vehicles in Acadiana.
Anyone in Rayne whose home is not livable or received major damage and has yet to meet with the Red Cross should call (800) 960-2356. Those in need of assistance for minor damage should call 211.
The American Red Cross is doing everything possible to ensure that when anyone is affected by disaster, we are there, whether at home or internationally.
If you are in a position to help, please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters, including those experienced in Louisiana this past week and those abroad such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Go to redcross.org, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call (800) RED-CROSS.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your Acadiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, where you can begin training. Call (800) 960-2356.
"You give of yourself as a nurse, but to do it through the Red Cross is very special," Stamper said.