The American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities area has announced that, in collaboration with KWQC, Clear Channel Radio and Quad-City Bank and Trust, $45,000 was raised for disaster relief during the Drive-by Drop-off donation drive on Nov. 2. Community support poured in to help the Red Cross relief operations. The Red Cross response includes more than 92,000 overnight stays in shelters. The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles has been activated, distributing over 1 million meals, water and snacks. Additionally, more than 5,300 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies.
The Red Cross still needs the public’s help. Donations for disaster relief efforts are being accepted this week at all Quad-City Bank and Trust locations. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be mailed to the local Red Cross chapter at 1100 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
The storm has also caused the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products and people are eligible are asked to schedule a blood donation now, especially if they live outside the areas impacted by the storm.
To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. To give blood, donors must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements, and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.