Altus, OK--The red cross chapter based in Altus needs your help. Right now they've exceeded its disaster budget for the year---and it just started using it this month. And the reason they are in the red is because of the recent heavy rains.
Hobart, Mountain Park and Snyder were hit hard with floods. The Southwest Oklahoma Red Cross Chapter worked almost 30 cases of flood victims. It's because they have no other help, such as the United Way. In fact, this is the second year that chapter based out of Altus has gone without the United Way's help. The board disbanded the organization after money was found to have been mismanaged. So now, the folks at the red cross are suffering the loss.
Board Chairman Allan Meier says the United Way donated 40-percent of its budget in the past. And the chapter usually budgets for 8-thousand of it towards disasters. Last year they stayed pretty close to their budget with regular house fires. But this year---the floods like this one in hobart put them over the edge. They've already spent 30-thousand in flood help.
Shirley Corrigan the Executive Director and Meier says she's never seen their chapter in this bad of shape.....ever. About they only thing they can do is hope mother nature will hold out until the help arrives.
Many Red cross Chapters are funded by the united way and other large foundations. The Southwest Oklahoma Chapter in Altus is "self-sufficient". They rely heavily on fundraisers and you the public. The chapter in Altus really needs your help. If you'd like to make a cash donation....you can.