Red Cross Turns to Twin Cities Churches for Help During Super Bowl

January 09, 2018 06:21 PM

With the Super Bowl coming to town, the American Red Cross in the Twin Cities is preparing for a unique situation.

Under the current system, the Red Cross can put people up in hotels when fires occur. But nearly all rooms in the Twin Cities are sold out in the week leading up to the big game.

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So the Minnesota Chapter of the Red Cross has worked out agreements with six churches around Twin Cities that can serve as a shelters if needed.

"The thing people don't think about is how it interrupts our normal routines," Red Cross volunteer David Schoeneck said. "We are prepared to respond. We're ready to go. We can serve meals there and take care of folks – all of their needs – in a good, safe location."

The chapter says it will receive help from regional offices around the Midwest during the Super Bowl.  

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