After damaging storms tore across the Metroplex on the evening of December 26, 2015, the American Red Cross launched a region-wide response covering Ellis, Dallas, Collin and Rockwall counties. Below are services currently available. If a service is listed that you know isn’t right or has changed, please leave a comment below and we’ll get it updated right away.
Gale Field Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road, Garland, Texas
Garland Multi-Agency Resource Center:
Granger Recreation Center, 1310 W. Ave F., Garland, Texas
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
At sundown on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the American Red Cross will end its distribution of supplies. With most homeowners finished with their salvaging, the need for shovels, rakes, tarps, work gloves and other supplies has diminished. For anyone needing additional clean-up supplies, they can stop by the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Garland.
With a finalized damage assessment of residential homes impacted by the tornadoes, the Red Cross has determined that 1,100 homes have been left unlivable and another 1,100 sustained minor damage such as fences down, shingles off, broken windows, etc.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT:
Disaster Mental Health counselors with the American Red Cross are talking with families impacted by the storms and providing tips on self-care and how to cope with the storms aftermath. For those that might not be available to speak with a mental health member in the field, experts are available to speak with at the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
SAFE & WELL:
North Texans looking for loved ones who haven’t been able to reach them can use the Red Cross Safe & Well site at www.safeandwell.org to initiate a search.
VOLUNTEERING AND DONATING:
If you’re looking for ways to help, the best and easiest ways are by signing up to volunteer or by making a financial donation. Both can be done at redcross.org.
The Red Cross will be posting critical response information and safety tips on our twitter feed @RedCrossDFW.
COMMUNITY DONATION SITES (please call the location prior to dropping off items to ensure that the agency is still in need of donated items):
First United Methodist Church – Rowlett, 4405 Main Street, Rowlett, Texas
972-475-3667, please call to determine current needs.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) disabled vets that need assistance can reach Dallas DAV at 214-857-1119.
First Baptist Church, 4309 Main St, Rowlett 972-475-3510, please call to determine current needs.
If any Mexican nationals were affected and need additional assistance, they can contact the Consulate General of Mexico, 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, Texas 75019
Community Partnerships operating as of December 31, 2015
Texas Baptist Men
Contact: Terry Henderson 214-676-7201
Currently providing chainsaw unit n Collin County and Garland, Box Units in Garland and Ellis County
Medical Reserve Corp
Contact: Jess Wade 214-677-7881
Currently providing health/disaster mental health services
Victim Relief Ministries
Contact: Edward Smith 972-533-3972
Providing disaster mental health services and helping in donation center at 1st Baptist Church in Rowlett
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
Contact: Carolyn Perez 918-655-3315
Providing spiritual care and disaster relief
Contact: Todd Taylor (for now) 828-406-4311
Providing cutting of trees, tarps and property clean up
Chocolate Mint Foundation
Contact: Felicia Frazier
201 Executive Way, Desoto, Texas
Providing food, clothes and temporary housing (can staff their shelter)
The Salvation Army
Providing clean up kits
North Ellis County Outreach
Contact: Cammie Wammack 972-617-7261
Providing a thrift store for clothing, school supplies and a food pantry
Providing Volunteer manpower, pastoral care, muck-out, tarp and chainsaw work
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Contact: YL Ling 214-718-1168
Providing client assistance at MARC locations
Adventist Community Services
Contact: Monique Monroe 214-395-6759
Providing donation warehouse management at the Granger Rec Center
Nigerian Nurses Association
Providing blood pressure checks
LDS Church of Mesquite
Providing property cleaning and tarps
Transporting from Hereford Elementary to the MARC
Texas Department of Insurance
Offering client services for prevention of fraud
City of Garland
Assistance with utility services
City of Rowlett
Assistance with utility services
Humanity First USA
Providing property clearing
Friendship House/1st Baptist of Garland
Offering tarps, clean up supplies, etc.
Contact: Emerald Khan 214-406-9551
Providing free vinyl window coverings as a temporary fix until insurance can replace
Contact: Derrick 817-838-4288 – Waiving $500 insurance deductibles for anyone affected by disaster
Residents can call 800-451-1954 or go to www.crisiscleanup.org Operational beginning Dec. 29-Jan. 15 open 9:00a-7:00p 7 days a week Closing Jan. 15th
Contact: Michelle Houlihan 303-263-2841
Providing boxes, trucks and U-Haul supplies
Service connected disabled vets needing assistance can call the Dallas DAV at 214-857-1119
Lost Pet Search and Rescue
Contact: Cindy Gordon 214-535-4367
Scope available to search for pets, works best in cold weather and at night
Rowlett Animal Services
Contact: Asher Moore 972-412-6219
4202 Industrial, Rowlett, Texas
Providing kennels, food and supplies
Garland Animal Shelter
Providing pet supplies, in need of more supplies
Additional Feeding Sites
Mercy Chefs at Oasis Church, 5026 Locust Grove Rd, Garland, Texas
Operation BBQ Relief, 1st Christian Church, 7301 Miller Rd, Rowlett, Texas
-also feeding city of Electra while power/water is off
Salvation Army-providing mobile feeding
Hereford Elementary in Rowlett-feeding site
Lakeview Centennial HS, Garland-feeding site
Thursday, January 7 and Friday, January 8 – Rowlett High School and Toler Elementary School will offer dinner to families impacted by the tornadoes. Meals provided by Chick-fil-A and Olive Garden will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. A Parent Debrief will also be held before the dinner at Toler Jan. 7.