American Red Cross opens a shelter in Rome

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After heavy rains and rising flood waters the red cross has opened a shelter here at the Rome Free senior Academy Senior High School.

“Right now we have 24 people here, four families and a single gentleman. RFA the school here has been wonderful. they opened their arms to the red cross to serve these clients we are lodging them in the gymnasium,” said Nancy Hulihan the Shelter Manager.

The Rome School District…The Central and Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross and local organizations are donating essentials to those at the shelter. Hulihan tells us most people visiting the shelter were out and could not make it back to their house before the flooding started and the streets were closed off.

“The school again provided meals dinner last night, breakfast and lunch and then thet red cross is going to roll it over into our feeding. More than half the people here are children. The Rome School District brought in toys for us for the children to take. Another local organization provided clothing,” said Hulihan.

The Red Cross cannot accept in-kind donations from the community due to COVID. However, the community can donate to agencies in Rome such as the Presbyterian Church and The Rescue Mission.

“Right now the only donations the Red Cross can take are financial,” Hulihan added.

Those who would like to help can also donate to the disaster relief fund on RedCross.org

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