Thousands of families in Illinois and Missouri are recovering after the worst flooding seen in over 120 years. It began during the 2015 holiday season, and transformed hopes for a great start in 2016 to sorrow.
Tzu Chi USA has been providing disaster relief since the beginning of January.
The first distributions of cash cards, blankets and other items took place in Fenton, MO. On Jan 10th, 30 volunteers were on the scene to provide support and direct aid to 149 families (377 people) who came to the distribution in North Valley Middle School.
Taking into consideration the extent of flood damage and the suffering it caused, Tzu Chi USA hosted additional disaster relief operations.
Jan 16th, 42 volunteers offered aid to 167 families (400 people) who came to the Tri-County Community Senior Center in the City of Pacific, MO.
Tzu Chi USA’s Service Center in St. Louis came to the aid of 46 families (135 people), with 38 volunteers on hand with attentive care.