11-6-12 Lexington 5 year old made Halloween a bit sweeter for West Virginia shelters

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Charleston – The West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross received a donation from 5 year old Kaki Jones. She wanted to make sure that the individuals that were spending Halloween in a shelter would have some sweet treats.She asked her Dad to donate money so the local Red Cross chapters could purchase Halloween candy to distribute to those displaced by the storms that have made their way through West Virginia and the eastern region of the United States.

“We are so touched by Kaki’s thoughtfulness. The Halloween candy will be a nice touch for the individuals that have been displaced from their homes because of the recent storms,” said Becky Howard, Chief Development Officer of the West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross. This gift will bring a small sense of normalcy to the individuals whose lives have been disrupted because of the weather. We want to thank Kaki for reaching out to her neighbors in West Virginia.

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt throughout West Virginia. On Tuesday night, 80 individuals spent the night in 15 Red Cross shelters while 35 people were in 11 other shelters around the state. Many individuals were displaced due to power outages and severe winter storms. The West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross is encouraging residents to continue to watch weather warnings and know what to do in case of continued winter storms or flooding as the temperatures rise.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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