American Red Cross

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Volunteers with the Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross are going door-to-door in Mayfield to assist families affected by this week’s tornado.  

The EF-3 storm ripped through western Kentucky devastating a section of Mayfield and leaving 25 individuals displaced. Graves County officials estimate $3 million in damages.

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  The American Red Cross chapter serving southern and western Kentucky is trying to avoid an emergency shortage of certain blood types.

The Red Cross Tennessee Valley region is running extremely low on donations of O-negative, B-negative, and A-negative blood types.

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  A shelter has been set up for evacuated flood victims in McCracken County.

American Red Cross Manager Angela Roberts says they have identified four affected areas, mostly within the Paducah city limits.

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The American Red Cross is sending out an appeal for blood donations.  

With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, it’s always challenging to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients, but Spokeswoman Regina Conway with the Tennessee Valley Region says blood donations typically decline during the summer months.

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High school and college blood drives account for 20% of the donations received by the American Red Cross, which explains the seasonal shortage each summer as schools are out of session and people go on vacations. American Red Cross Nashville's Regina Conway joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about all the blood donation opportunities in our region this month, and offers some reassuring advice for those squeamish of needles.

This week, NPR and ProPublica have been reporting on the Red Cross response in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and other major storms.

Within hours of Superstorm Sandy slamming the East Coast two years ago, Americans opened their wallets to help — donating millions to the first charity that came to mind: the American Red Cross.

President Obama, like most elected officials and celebrities, vouched for the organization, encouraging people to give.

    

The American Red Cross is looking to restructure its presence nationwide by merging some of its smaller chapters, which could mean the closure of some in our region.

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Aid groups are switching from emergency response to recovery in Brookport, Illinois more than a month after a tornado outbreak  took three lives and destroyed dozens of homes.

Madisonville is hosting the 1st Annual MAD Flavor Fest this Saturday, celebrating artists of all medias in the Western Kentucky region The MAD Flavor Fest will feature over 20 arts and crafts makers, 24 local musicians, 12 independent film, and food venders from The Crowded House to Patterson's Tru Blu BBQ. All profits from this festival will go to the Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. Kate Lochte speaks with Jessica Dockrey about the event. See more at the Mad Flavor Fest website.