Two shelters continue to operate in Orange County following Hurricane Ike. In Vidor, the shelter is located at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main St., Vidor, TX 77662. The second shelter is located at West Orange Middle School at North 13th St., Orange, TX 77630. These shelters will provide evacuees a safe place to sleep, shower, minor fist-aid, counseling and hot meals as they begin their recovery effort. People coming to Red Cross shelters should bring: pillows and bedding; diapers and formula for children; prescription medicines; toiletries; and food to meet any special dietary needs. At this time, Red Cross shelters cannot accommodate pets.

Facts of the Day: To date, the Red Cross in Orange County has received 102 spontaneous volunteers from the local community, served 82,000 meals, more than 42,000 heater meals, distributed 6,010 clean-up kits and more than 15,000 bulk items (buckets, tarps, hoses, shovels, rakes, coolers etc).

Further resources in the Orange County community are as follows:
1. Mobile distribution of clean-up kits and bulk items will be mobile in Bridge City until noon today.
2. Hot food will be provided from mobile Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) at lunch and dinner in the heavily affected areas of Rose City, Bridge City and Port Arthur. Where possible, the ERVs will provide bulk item distribution to affected communities.
3. The Red Cross continues operating a point of distribution (POD) at 4040 IH-10W, Orange, TX 77632 (the old Luby’s, opposite the Orange County Red Cross Chapter office) to distribute rakes, shovels, snacks, coolers, bleach and clean-up kits, as supplies last, to people affected by the recent tropical storms and hurricanes. Hours are 4-8 p.m.
4. The Red Cross and the Baptist Disaster Relief team are partnering to provide hot meals at Old First Orange Baptist Church, 7929 IH-10 East, Orange, Texas. Meals are served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
5. The Red Cross and FEMA have coordinated to provide hot meals from lunch to dinner at VFW Post 2775, 5303 16th St., Orange, TX 77630. Service time is 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a sec