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April 21, 2011St. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Compton

Red Cross

In the last few weeks, Red Cross disaster workers have responded in 20 different states to victims of floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Midland Empire Red Cross, out of St. Joseph, sent its 2nd volunteer, Larry Payne, to assist with tornado relief efforts in North Carolina. Payne has been a volunteer for 20 years, and says nearly 700 homes have been destroyed in North Carolina in the last few weeks. Also from St. Joseph, Christine Ann Long traveled to Jackson, Mississippi yesterday, to serve as a family services case worker. Miss Long will be providing financial and material assistance to families that lost their homes to the tornadoes in that area. Karla Long, the Midland Empire chapter's director of emergency service is now serving at the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center at the organization's headquarters in Washington, DC during the disaster outbreaks. The Red Cross and its partners have served nearly 46,000 meals nationwide to those affected by disasters in just the last two months alone.