Busy week for Red Cross

We were reminded again yesterday of the constant efforts of the Red Cross to assist those in need.

In an emailing to Red Cross supporters yesterday, Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Hawaii State chapter, told of the organization’s efforts just this past week.

Among other things:

* The Red Cross served more than 17,000 meals and snacks in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. They also distributed blankets and comfort kits and provided mental health and health services to some 1,800 people. They are helping Boston officials run a Family Assistance Center and provided hospitals with about 550 blood products for those injured in the attack.

* In West, Texas, following the explosion of the fertilizer factory, the Red Cross opened emergency aid stations to provide food, water, emotional support, health services and relief supplies. The agency is helping local officials with a Joint Assistance Center and has provided nearly 250 blood products to hospitals treating the injured.

* Red Cross has opened shelters in six Midwest states because of massive flooding. Again meals, snacks, relief supplies and health services are being offered to those who cannot return to their homes because of the water. This week, the Red Cross is supporting sandbagging efforts where the waters will reach flood level in the next few days.

* Additionally, the Red Cross helped those affected by wildfires in the San Gabriel Mountains in California. Shelter, water and snacks were furnished to first responders and people who were evacuated.

So, please help with any money you can afford. Go to www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu and click on donate funds to make an online contribution.

(Disclosure: Maui News Publisher Joe Bradley is chairman of the Maui County Advisory Committee of the American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter.)

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