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March Tornado Relief: How You Can Help!

March 16 2012 | no comments

In the aftermath of the tornadoes that hit southeastern Michigan Thursday, Michiganders are taking action in Dexter and Ida Township. Below are a number of organizations aiding in the tornado relief efforts as well as ways you can help. Stay with us throughout the day for updated information.

Red Cross

The Red Cross is responding to the needs of the Dexter community with a shelter set up in Mill Creek Middle School, 735 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.  Residents will be provided with physical and mental health services, food, water and other basic needs.

The Red Cross in conjunction with the Salvation Army has set up a second shelter in Ann Arbor. This shelter is to aide residents of the Park Place Apartments who experienced extensive flooding. Located at 100 Arbana Drive it will also provide physical and mental health services, food, water and other basic needs.

If you would like to help please make monetary donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 734-971-5300 or online. Donations are also welcome in person at the Red Cross, Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter, 4624 Packard Road in Ann Arbor. Donations of food, clothing and other items cannot be accepted at this time.

LaFontaine Automotive Group & Chelsea State Bank

The LaFontaine Automotive Group teamed up with Chelsea State Bank to establish the Dexter Relief Fund. Food, water and supply donations are being accepted at the LaFontaine Chevrolet, 7120 Dexter-AnnArbor Road. Credit card donations are being taken over the phone by calling any of LoFontaine offices directly:

LaFontaine Chevrolet 734-426-4677, LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC 248-887-4747, LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 734-429-9431, LaFontaine Honda 313-565-5100, LaFontaine Nissan 248-887-8900 and LaFontaine Toyota Scion Hyundai Kia Suzuki

Busch’s Fresh Food Market

Busch’s Fresh Food Market organized a lunch for the Dexter community Friday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are providing hotdogs, snacks and drinks at their Dexter store, 7080 Dexter Ann Arbor Road. Dexter residents affected by the storm are encouraged to stop by to pick up a free gallon of water.

They are also providing tornado victims with means to refrigerate perishable items in their coolers. Individuals wishing to do so are simply asked to bring their items in a box labeled with their name and phone number.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation you can do so at any of the Busch’s 15 metro Detroit locations. Customers are asked to round up their purchases at checkout (i.e. A $25.07 purchase can be rounded up to $26.00 or more). Donations will then be made on their behalf to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

In an effort to help police keep the area secure, food donations are being accepted at Busch’s Dexter store only from other Dexter residents who escaped the path of the tornado.

Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Reality is working with residents in the Dexter area to meet the community’s needs. Crews are currently on the ground with garbage bags and rubber gloves, cleaning up debris. They are also providing water to residents and working with the Red Cross. Anyone wishing to aide in their volunteer efforts is asked to call their Dexter offices at 734-249-9400.

Village of Dexter

The Village of Dexter is not currently allowing volunteers into the area due to safety and security concerns. If you would like to help you can call 734-426-8303 to place your name on a volunteer call list. Volunteers will be notified once the situations and needs have been fully assessed. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.


Lowe’s in Ann Arbor assembled 50 disaster relief kits complete with water, gloves, paper towel, buckets, garbage bags and more for victims of the Dexter tornado. They are currently stocking up on plywood, generators, sum pumps and cleaning supplies to continue with their relief efforts. They are not asking for volunteers at this time. Check back here as more information becomes available.


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