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June 24, 2014

Red Cross receives $25,000 from John Deere Foundation

DES MOINES — The American Red Cross recently received a donation of $25,000 from the John Deere Foundation in support of Red Cross disaster relief efforts. This gift is in addition to the John Deere Foundation's Annual Disaster Giving Program gift.

Especially hard hit was Rock Valley, one of John Deere's home communities, where hundreds were evacuated when strong storms dumped several inches of rain in a few hours causing dangerous flooding. The American Red Cross responded immediately in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids, supporting community efforts to shelter and feed families fleeing their homes. On Monday evening, more than 100 people were in shelters in Lyon and Sioux counties. On Tuesday, the Red Cross fed more than 500 community volunteers helping with sandbagging efforts.

The Red Cross will continue to support community efforts as families return to their homes to begin to clean up efforts. The Red Cross will work with the local community to help build a plan as the community undertakes the recovery process.

The American Red Cross is able to respond immediately in communities like Rock Valley because of the support of organizations such as the John Deere Foundation.

The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who would like to assist following this devastating disaster. As families are allowed to return home, compassionate Red Cross disaster workers will meet with them to determine their exact needs. The best way you can help those impacted by storms, is to make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. These donations will allow us to immediately help families replace items that they have lost, such as clothing or critical medications.

People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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