Local American Red Cross disaster relief operations increase capabilities with new supply trailers

THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE American Red Cross has been able to purchase a trailer to hold disaster relief supplies.

Through the generosity of a disaster grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, River Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross Coastal Virginia region was excited to be able to purchase a trailer to hold disaster relief supplies already situated in Richmond County.  With the generous support of Carry-on-Trailer and Cooperative Helping Hands for additional funding, it was possible to obtain a second trailer to be situated in Westmoreland County.  The trailer in Westmoreland will have cots and blankets to be utilized in times of disasters in shelters in Westmoreland and Colonial Beach.

In times of disaster it has been difficult for both the County and Red Cross volunteers to transport cots and blankets to our high school which would be used as the shelter for Richmond County. Now the response partners are able to utilize one vehicle as a “one stop – drop off point,” in preparing shelter operations.

The Rivers Counties Chapter is part of the American Red Cross Coastal Virginia Region which serves 1.8 million people in a 4800 square mile area extending from the Northern Neck to the North Carolina border.

With hurricane season is upon us, and the American Red Cross relies on volunteers to provide services in their communities.  To volunteer please contact Jane Bishop at 804 435 7669 and she will be connect you with your volunteer representative, Norman Dixon for Westmoreland County and Nila Walker for Colonial Beach to assist you with your volunteer opportunities.

The American Red Cross does not rely on government or federal funding and is funded by individual and corporate donations to provide vital services in times of disasters, whether it is a hurricane or a house fire.

You can support Red Cross disaster relief services in our local communities with a financial donation. Please send your donation to River Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, P O Box 1151, Kilmarnock Va. 22482 or you can make a secure online donation at www.redcross.org.

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 4:00 am