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Red Cross Response to Tornadoes in East Texas

Updated 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017
American Red Cross volunteers continue supporting recovery efforts in East Texas following tornadoes and severe weather the evening of April 29. Affected areas include the counties of Van Zandt, Rains, Henderson, Smith, Hopkins and Wood.

We continue to work with community leadership and partners to service those impacted and encourage anyone affected by the storms to contact the Red Cross at 866-505-4801.

Red Cross Caseworkers Available Starting Monday at Van Zandt County Fairgrounds:

Starting Monday, May 8, Red Cross volunteers will be working from the the Canton Distribution Center located at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds (24742 State Hwy 64, Canton, TX 75103). They will be able to answer questions and make arrangements for casework. We will remain there as long as the center remains open.

Additionally, volunteers will be working in affected neighborhoods to ensure we are reaching as many people as possible who are in need of assistance.


KLTV Channel 7 Supports the Red Cross:

Tyler’s KLTV Channel 7 will host a telethon to support recovery efforts in East Texas at 7 pm Sunday, May 7. All proceeds will benefit Red Cross disaster relief. Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for or click here for more details.

Consider DFW Texas Roadhouse locations for dinner Tuesday Night:

On Tuesday, May 9, Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of all food sales to Red Cross disaster relief in support of the East Texas tornadoes. Participating restaurants are: Grand Prairie, Bedford, Garland, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Fort Worth South, Mansfield, Mesquite, Sherman, Denton, McKinney and The Colony.

Mental Health Services:

The Red Cross offers guidance and assistance to those who need emotional support throughout the recovery process. To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

Don’t Forget to Call Your Loved Ones:

As East Texans continue the recovery process, the Red Cross reminds them to check in with family and friends to let them know they are safe. Give a call, send a text and be sure to register as “safe” in the Red Cross Emergency App or by visiting

Best way to help:

The most efficient ways to help are to donate time or funds. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up to volunteer or if you are interested in making a financial donation to disaster relief, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online.

Consider making a donation while you shop at North Texas Kroger stores:

NBC DFW, Telemundo 39 and Kroger are teaming up to help Texans impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Through May 20, 100 percent of the donations made at the check stand will be donated to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

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Be A Red Cross Angel

by Carol Grinage, American Red Cross Volunteer Contributor

Your Angel of Mercy
Photo Credit: Pinterest

Be an angel, and volunteer at the Red Cross. Often, when we see a natural disaster or an apartment fire and hear the Red Cross has stepped in to help those in need, people wish there was something they could do. Many times, people donate money, but still feel the pull to do more. What most people fail to realize is that most of the Red Cross workers they see on television are actually volunteers. If fact, the Red Cross here in North Texas is 95% run by volunteers. While many volunteers join to help with disaster relief, there are actually many ways for volunteers to get involved with the Red Cross.

One of the best ways to help is to give blood.  The Red Cross supplies blood to hospitals which distribute it to patients. Blood is in constant need and the Red Cross has made it easier than ever for volunteers to make an appointment to help. To donate, you can go to the Red Cross website or download the Red Cross mobile app. Once there, you can enter your zip code to find locations in your area where you can give blood.

In addition, you can read information on donating blood and complete the required forms in advance. This will save you time, and if you feel uncomfortable about giving blood, this site will help ease your apprehensions.

Angel of Mercy
Photo Credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine

There are also many other ways to volunteer at the Red Cross. 

If you want to help in leadership, there is a place for you through volunteer recruitment and placement.

More interested in public affairs? Put your communication skills to work on writing blogs, speaking to media, or taking photos and videos.

You could sign-up to help volunteers locating family members who may have been separated as a result of a natural disaster or political turmoil.

If you are bilingual, you could help in multiple disciplines by translating to help us better serve our community as a whole.

The list of how you can help the Red Cross goes on and on. Go to your local Red Cross website, click on “Ways to Help” and get involved. You can be an angel in the Red Cross – all you have to do is sign-up.

Unsure of where to serve? Ask yourself what are your talents? What do you enjoy doing? How would you like to help? Then take this short quiz and see where you match up!