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Massachusetts Tornado Survivors Still in Need Three Weeks Later

  • June 22, 2011

AmeriCares delivers relief supplies for 1,000 displaced families

STAMFORD, CT – AmeriCares is delivering critically needed relief supplies to a Massachusetts food bank aiding 1,000 families whose homes were destroyed by the deadly tornadoes earlier this month. Despite an outpouring of support from the local community after the tornadoes left four people dead and hundreds injured, food bank officials report survivors are still in need of personal hygiene products.

To meet the need, AmeriCares is delivering over 7,000 toothbrushes, 2,200 razors, 540 cans of shaving cream, plus anti-bacterial soap and personal hygiene kits to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a Feeding America Food Bank Member in Hatfield, Mass. which is distributing food, water and basic necessities directly to survivors.

AmeriCares emergency response team has been responding to tornadoes, wildfires and flooding across the U.S. since late April when tornadoes ripped through seven states killing 350 and displacing tens of thousands.  AmeriCares responded immediately with medicines, cleaning supplies, bottled water and hygiene products for families left homeless. Since that time, AmeriCares has delivered more than $2 million in aid for disaster survivors in nine states.

AmeriCares has been responding to natural and man-made disasters around the world for nearly 30 years, saving lives and restoring health and hope.  Since AmeriCares began partnering with Feeding America in 2005, Americans in need have received $6 million in over-the-counter medicines, bottled water, and other relief supplies through food banks and food pantries nationwide.

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