SA Red Cross using donations to deliver supplies, love
220 San Antonio homes were damaged
SAN ANTONIO – Five tornadoes that ripped through the greater San Antonio area took out roofs, power, and basic necessities. By Tuesday night the city reported more than 220 homes were damaged.
Community members have come to each other's rescue, donating $16,550 to the Red Cross, just during Monday's KSAT community phone bank, and that money is going straight to the hard hit neighborhoods.
A KSAT crew went out with Red Cross volunteers Tuesday evening, as they delivered much needed support.
"American Red Cross, free hot meals and water available!" a volunteer's voice rang through the loud speaker of the Red Cross emergency response truck.
It was the sound of relief for people like Dale Carver and his wife, Nancy.
"You're spoiling us!" he said to volunteers as they delivered food to his door.
"Well and you know [Nancy] had a stroke, six months. But she's doing really well!" Carver said.
His wife was his first concern Sunday night when the storm howled through his North Side neighborhood.
"Something loud hit the roof. You can see it was unbelievable wind here. Took them off," he said.
"Them" being the tree limbs from his yard and his neighbor's roofs down the street where the worst damage was near Linda Drive.
"Still we don't have power so all the food we have in the refrigerator is gone," said new mom Dessire Magill, grateful for help from the Red Cross.
"So much. With a baby it's really hard to go out, dress him and pick up food. He gets all fussy and time for nap," she said with her son in her arms.
The Red Cross has been handing out more than food. They gave out comfort kits filled with tissues, shampoo and soap. They also are distributing Clean Up Kits, which come with cleaning products, brooms, mops, all the basic necessities that are extremely helpful in the cleanup process.
Dale Carver was glad to have those needed supplies, but is finding even more relief in the community love and support.
"Look at the fun she's having! After six months," he laughs, as he watched his wife laugh and hug Red Cross volunteers outside their home.
They plan to head out to these neighborhoods until they feel they're no longer needed.
To become a Red Cross volunteer click here.
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