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Wool blankets and bottled water headed to the Midwest
AmeriCares is sending truckloads of bottled water and 1,200 blankets to the Midwest to help families recovering from a deadly ice storm that’s already claimed 55 lives.
Hundreds of thousands of residents across Kentucky and Missouri are still without power, struggling to keep warm. Families who use generators to power their homes run the risk of contracting carbon monoxide poisoning. Already several deaths in the region have been blamed on the colorless, odorless gas.
The Christian Appalachian Project, a partner organization, will distribute the blankets to shelters throughout Kentucky serving residents displaced by the storm.
Since water supplies are running dangerously low, forcing residents in some rural areas to collect water from rivers and streams and melt snow to flush their toilets, AmeriCares is working with Nestlé Waters North America to deliver bottled water to the hardest hit areas of Kentucky and Missouri.
AmeriCares emergency response experts are monitoring the storm recovery efforts to determine if additional aid is needed.
About AmeriCaresAmeriCares is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. Since it was established in 1979, AmeriCares has distributed more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 142 countries. For more information, log onto www.AmeriCares.org.