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Red Cross Giving Starts Close to Home

Fort Worth-based Cash America partners with the American Red Cross to bring relief to those affected by disasters across the country. When recent heavy rains caused severe flooding in large parts of Texas, thousands across the state were affected — including many areas where Cash America shops are located.

One of the people affected by the floods is Mike Applegate, manager of our Cash America store in Elgin, to the east of Austin. He and his wife live near the quiet town of Martindale, in the scenic Texas Hill Country. On Sunday, May 24, the Blanco River overflowed its banks and flooded the area around Martindale.

“It was devastating emotionally,” Mike said. “We had just purchased a home and were about 75 percent done with the remodel when the flood hit us. It undid all the hard work my wife and I did over the last year in about two hours. I lost my two prize possessions: motorcycles that were not covered under flood insurance.  My wife lost many old family photos and heirlooms.”

While Martindale was given several hours of advance warning about the flood, the Applegates live outside city limits and had no way of being notified. They were able to escape but still suffered thousands of dollars in property damage. And that’s when the Red Cross sprang into action.

“The Red Cross has been very helpful in the recovery process,” Mike said. “They were there constantly with a reassuring smile and offering to be there for us any way that they could. I was able to get a needed vaccination for an injury I sustained during the cleanup; I am truly thankful for all their efforts,” Mike said.

Amid the tragedy unfolding around them, the coworkers in Mike’s shop exemplified two of Cash America’s core values: We are family, and We act with a servant’s heart.

“My team really stepped up to the plate by covering for me while I began the recovery process. We have a small staff of four people, including myself. When one person is gone unexpectedly, it can be very stressful. They did an amazing job and I am lucky to have them,” Mike said.

If you would like to help the recovery efforts in Martindale and other Texas areas affected by flooding, or to support the Red Cross in its nationwide disaster recovery efforts, go to http://bit.ly/CashAmRedCross.

By Jennise Streaty, PR and Communications intern


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