MUSKOGEE, Okla. — On Wednesday morning, Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee presented the American Red Cross with a $100,000 check to continue helping families affected by recent flooding and tornado damage in Oklahoma.
Officials say the money will provide safe shelter, food, relief supplies and other support to people in need.
Since May 20, the organization set up 17 shelters and provided 2,1000 overnight stays for people seeking safe refuge across Oklahoma. More than 500 Red Cross workers have been in the field helping people in affected communities.
They have also helped provide more than 42,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 19,000 relief supplies.
A family from Braggs who was displaced by the historic flooding sought shelter at Bacone College in Muskogee where they stayed for several weeks. Now, the married couple and their young children are temporarily staying at a motel thanks to the ongoing financial support from the Red Cross.
"We would have been staying out of the vehicle and trying to find how we're going to eat here and there, but with the Red Cross opening up the shelter and being able to house us has been a real real big honor on that," said Courtney Miller.
She said it's been a tough road trying to deal with insurance and applying for more financial assistance through FEMA, but she believes her family will pull through.
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