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Despite Claims, Red Cross Helped

On behalf of the 70 American Red Cross workers and the donors who made their good work during the Battery Park flooding possible, I must share with you a few details that your reporter obviously was not aware of when she wrote the story "Washed Out" (News & Features, Sept. 13).

Assisting the city of Richmond in the management of a shelter at the Arthur Ashe Center, we housed 76 people who sought refuge. Through our partnership with the Central Virginia Food Bank, healthy meals and snacks were provided for two days.

After the shelter closed, the American Red Cross helped 60 Battery Park families (168 people) who were displaced due to the flooding. We provided 33 hotel rooms with the average stay being four days. Other assistance included debit cards for clothing, food and medications. Red Cross workers served over 1,700 meals and snacks to residents and emergency workers. Hundreds of cleanup and comfort kits were also distributed.

And probably the most precious gift that our volunteers gave was a feeling of hope to people whose lives had been tragically affected through no fault of their own. This is what the Red Cross does every day.

Bill Harrison

ice President, Public Relations
American Red Cross,
Greater Richmond Chapter

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