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April 19, 2014

Healing wounds 19 years later

Red Cross team sees spike in bombing-related cases

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EDMOND — VOLUNTEERS AID THOUSANDS

American Red Cross regional spokesman Ken Garcia said during the past 19 years, more than 1,600 cases helping more than 5,100 people have been opened by the organization.

Regional CEO Janienne Bella said the American Red Cross has seen an increase in cases the past few years, specifically around mental health and counseling needs. Bella said it currently has about 50 open cases. The case management team meets regularly to ensure client’s needs are being met, she said.

“Our Oklahoma City Bombing Case Management Review Team is an amazing group of dedicated Red Cross volunteers,” Bella said. “Thanks to their commitment and compassion, people impacted by the bombing are getting much needed support with long-term goals and recovery.”

THANKING VOLUNTEERS

On the eve of the 19th anniversary, the American Red Cross has been honoring its volunteers. The region has a volunteer workforce of nearly 1,600, Garcia said. Their realms include coordinating volunteer services, disaster services, operations and international services, Garcia said.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Bella said thanks to donors, individuals receive help with medical expenses, medications, hearing aids, physical therapy, dental services, mental health services, counseling and other needs related to the bombing.

“We can never thank the donors and volunteers enough,” Bella said.

Tassey said he is thankful for the experiences enabled by the Red Cross and the donors who have funded nearly 20 years worth of bombing-related services. Tassey said volunteering is a vehicle for putting his Christian faith into action, and he has been blessed through it.

To learn more about the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/okc.

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