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American Red Cross helps families find shelter and more

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

When the unexpected happens, the American Red Cross is ready to help.

 T
he first step is finding a place for victims to stay, but the work doesn't end there.

Red Cross volunteer Rod Hamer says they also give families food and clothing assistance.


Hamer says a lot of times people don't think about the little things like toiletries and blankets, but sometimes those things really make a difference.

Hamer says the Red Cross opens a Mastercard account for victims and gives them money equivalent to their needs.

The Red Cross is a 100% donor driven organization. Officials say the Red Cross has assisted 817 families in Iowa so far this year, 727 of those families being affected by fires.

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