These past few weeks have been very difficult for so many of our friends and neighbors across the Miami Valley due to the destructive tornadoes. While people are beginning to safely return to their homes, many others are still recovering. We are thankful to see our communities coming together to make a difference. We partnered with the Red Cross so we could offer an easy way for our partners and members to help out. Thanks to your generous donations, we've raised over $100,000 to help provide disaster relief.
We recently presented the disaster relief check to the American Red Cross. Cory Paul, Executive Director of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross shared how much this means for those recovering.
“Thank you is not enough to express how grateful we are to WPCU for their incredibly generous donation of over $100,000 for disaster relief." Mr. Paul explained, “Red Cross volunteers and staff are still working with the people of the Miami Valley impacted by the Memorial Day tornadoes. Donations from individuals and companies like Wright-Patt Credit Union allow us to do that!"
For many families, recovery will be a long-term process and organizations like the American Red Cross will continue to provide support. So far in response to this disaster, the Red Cross Dayton Chapter has:
- Served more than 22,689 meals and snacks.
- Provided more than 1,285 overnight shelter stays.
- Distributed more than 1,320 cases of water.
- Distributed more than 1,463 clean-up kits (bleach, mops, brooms, buckets).
- Distributed more than 2,108 disaster kits (rakes, shovels, tarps, garbage bags).
- Distributed more than 1,917 comfort kits (hygiene items, etc.).
- Distributed 7,631 other items.
- Provided more than 1,544 disaster health service contacts.
- Provided more than 1,709 disaster mental health services.
- Had more than 439 volunteers and staff on the ground working on this disaster operation.
Cory Paul also reminds us that disasters like this are a wake-up call. “We want to be ready for the next disaster. Hopefully something like this never happens again, but there's always a chance. Our goal now is to think about how we prepare individually and how we prepare our communities."
Look forward to more information soon on best practices for disaster preparedness. If you or your family were affected by the Miami Valley tornadoes, visit our website to learn more about our Disaster Relief Assistance Programs.