Local Buddhist Donate $1,270 To HOT Red Cross

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Photo ID: Khammay Vongphakdy, Board Chair for Wat Lao Buddharam (Buddhist Temple) shakes hand and presents check to Mike Cowles with the local Red Cross (center of photo). Also pictured are Chantho Sourinho, Song Chanthaboun, Chansy Louangrath, Tom Chanthoumphone, Khamsing Vichidvongsa, Asahak Bouaphanh, Oudone Louangrath, Venerable Boungneuang Xayphakatsa (Buddhist Head Monk (Buddhist Temple), Thongkham Khemkeo, Banchong Seerisone and Bouamy Phanivong.

Members of the Wat Lao Buddharam recently donated $1,270 to Murfreesboro's Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

“The Red Cross has been on the ground for several weeks helping people affected by Sandy and we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us,” said Mike Cowles, Chapter Executive for the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We’ve already spent millions of dollars providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and comfort, and we’ll need the continued support of generous organizations such as this one, to help us during the long road ahead. We are very grateful for their support.”


It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy made landfall, devastating regions in New York and New Jersey. Millions of people were affected and the American Red Cross is still helping people recover from this massive storm.

WHAT WE’RE DOING The Heart of Tennessee Chapter deployed 4 local volunteers who provided emergency aid after the storm. The Red Cross still has shelters open for people unable to return home and an extensive feeding operation is ongoing.


  • · Though the number of people in shelters is going down, there are still about 1,800 people staying in shelters. Since Sandy made landfall, responding organizations, including the Red Cross, have provided thousands of overnight stays in shelters.
  • · Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross has served almost six million meals and snacks since Sandy made landfall.
  • · Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to pass out water, food and relief supplies. More than 300 Red Cross emergency vehicles are mobilized, along with rental cars, trucks and other vehicles to get assistance where it is needed. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
  • · The Red Cross has also provided thousands of health services and emotional support contacts, and handed out more than two million relief items.
  • · To date, more than 8,800 Red Cross disaster responders have been mobilized to help people affected by Sandy.
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