How to Help: Text REDCROSS to 90999

May 3, 2010

Red Cross activates short term text capability for the Disaster Relief Fund

In the wake of the devastation cause by recent domestic disasters, including the tornadoes and flooding in the southern US, mGive has once again donated their services, enabling the Red Cross to accept text donations for the Disaster Relief Fund.

Customers of participating wireless carriers can text REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. Message and data rates may apply. Depending on the carrier, individuals can donate two or three times per month.

$10 donation to the American Red Cross. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms and Privacy Policy:

On the Scene: MS Gov Barbour Visits Red Cross Relief Operations

April 29, 2010

Yazoo City Tornado

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour thanks Red Cross worker Tamica Smith-Jeuitt for the organizations quick response to the tornado that devastated his hometown of Yazoo City, MS.  They are walking distance from the hardest hit area. Governor Barbour lives about three miles from here.  His tells Smith-Jeuitt his old high school is only 2 miles away from where they are standing.

On the Scene: Yazoo City Tornado

April 29, 2010

Yazoo City Tornado

One last hug was a request from Red Cross worker Vicki Donaldson to Myrtie Harris as they said good-bye outside a Red Cross shelter in Yazoo City. The elderly woman’s stay in the shelter was about two hours. Her home was destroyed in a tornado that ripped through the area.  Her family brought her to the shelter while they dealt with the tragic news of a loved one who was killed in the storm.  The victim was Harris’ grandson.  The family says their grandmother is 101-years-old and had lived in the home she lost all of her life.

On the Scene: Yazoo City Tornado

April 29, 2010

Yazoo CIty Tornado

Katrina Fennell says she is thankful for the night she and her 9-year-old daughter Lily spent in a Red Cross shelter in Yazoo City.  The shelter is located about 4 miles from their home that was destroyed by a tornado, but that’s not all they lost in the storm.  Their uncle, 48- year-old Carlton Gould was killed when high winds tossed him while inside of his camper trailer home.

Thanks to a phone call warning Fennell to leave, she escaped with ten children.  She recalls seeing from the rear view mirror of her car the debris flying around as she sped away.

“I think that was when the tornado hit” she said, “it was around ten minutes after the call.”

She went to another family member’s home for safety and that evening to the Red Cross shelter.  There was plenty of food, water, and a snack for the Fennell’s when they arrived. Red Cross workers even had books and games for Lily. She and her mother smiled. Lily’s was the biggest.

“This is good for tonight, thank you,” said Fennell referring to cots the family pulled together to get some rest.


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