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         When calls came in on Thursday, July 24, around noon that wind storms had damaged and destroyed homes in eastern NH, Red Cross disaster volunteers were called in immediately to respond.

         Calls to local vendors brought in food for all involved. Food and water distribution started that afternoon with about 200 meals to emergency responders. For the next several days, over 10,000 meals, snacks and beverages were handed out free of charge to disaster victims and emergency responders by Red Cross workers.  

         By the end of Thursday afternoon, Red Cross-supported emergency shelters were opened at the Epsom Central School and the Deerfield Community Church where disaster victims could come for food, assistance and comfort. The shelters were not needed overnight because the families all had temporary housing elsewhere.

         On Friday morning, July 25, more disaster workers arrived from Red Cross chapters in NH and VT to help with disaster relief, damage assessment and administrative support.

         On Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, Red Cross service centers were open at the Epsom Fire Station and the Deerfield Town Offices where people came to let Red Cross workers know what they needed.

         Disaster teams drove through the affected communities assessing structural damage and contacting clients who couldn�t get to the service centers.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish your contribution to go to a specific donation, please indicate that when you donate.

         There are many to thank for their generosity during the NH Tornado Disaster, including:

o        Dedicated disaster volunteers who worked long and hard days.

o        Epsom Central School and the Deerfield Community Church for working with the Red Cross in setting up the shelters.

o        Staff at both the Epsom Fire Department and Deerfield Town Offices who accommodated the many people coming and going at the service centers.

o        Sam�s Club in Concord that provided food for the shelters and service centers. The Lazy Lion Caf� and Yanni�s Pizza, both in Deerfield, who donated food for disaster volunteers working in Deerfield.

o        Home Depot in Manchester for the donation of clean-up supplies. 

o        The Concord Monitor for donating ad space for our weekend appeal for donations to the Disaster Relief Fund.

o        The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce that sent out an appeal in their newsletter.

o        Residents throughout the region who have sent in donations in response to this disaster.

o        Northeast Delta Dental that agreed to match public disaster donations up to $7,500.

o        Laconia Savings Bank for a donation of $5,000 to help tornado victims.

o        Employees from UnitedHealth Care for their contribution of $3,000 for the disaster recovery.

o        McDonald�s in Raymond, Yanni�s Pizza, Countryberries, The Lazy Lion Caf�, Philbrick-James Library and Bead Bush Studio (all of Deerfield) who placed donations canisters at their locations for the Greater Manchester Chapter.

         All disaster assistance is free and immediately available to those who need it.

         Donation needs for the NH Tornado Disaster have been met, but financial support for other local disasters is urgently needed. To donate to the Granite Chapter�s Local Disaster Relief Fund, send a check to The American Red Cross and mail it to:

The Granite Chapter

2 Maitland Street

C0ncord, NH 03301

All contributions to the American Red Cross, large and small, help us be there for the next family needing disaster relief.

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