ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – American Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Erickson’s voice echoed through the massive 100,000 square foot warehouse in north St. Louis, two-thirds of which now sits empty after loads of emergency supplies were shipped east to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
“Some of the supplies shipped out of here include about 58,000 of our Red Cross blankets,” Erickson announced during a ceremony inside the warehouse Tuesday morning to thank local groups and individuals that have contributed to the relief effort. “Also, we’ve had about eight bulk distribution trailers containing brooms, mops, trash bags and more have been sent to the disaster zone.”
Local Red Cross officials say the St. Louis region has already donated in excess of $1.8 million to Red Cross disaster relief on the East Coast.
The massive warehouse in north city is one of five major, strategically-placed American Red Cross Disaster Field Supply Centers scattered from coast-to-coast.
The St. Louis center has sent 46 trailers to the East Coast, supplemented by several FedEx orders.
In addition 46 Red Cross disaster workers from the Greater St. Louis region are currently deployed throughout the Eastern seaboard to help Sandy recovery efforts.
“Our message to St. Louis is ‘Thank you’ for once again stepping into the gap to make a difference,” Erickson said. “Everything that the Red Cross is able to do is at the generosity our community. The Red Cross is really about neighbor giving to neighbor.”