Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manheim Auto Auction Kicks off Annual Totes of Hope Campaign



The good folks at Manheim Auto Auction kicked off our annual Totes of Hope Campaign when they delivered close to 70 backpacks plus additional items to be used to fill even more backpacks to the Red Cross office in Harrisburg on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Since 2011, the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region has joined with individuals and area corporations to secure the items needed to prepare backpacks for homeless veterans throughout our footprint through a partnership with the Lebanon VA.

“I am so very grateful to everyone who supports this campaign, and am especially grateful today for the extremely generous donation by Manheim Auto Auction,” noted Kathy Doran, American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director. “We must all do what we can to support our veterans, and the Totes of Hope Campaign is one way to let our homeless veterans know that they have not been forgotten.”

This year, the Red Cross hopes to collect enough items to assemble 400 backpacks! To learn more about the program and where you can drop-off donations, please contact Lori Demchack at lori.demchak@redcross.org.

Items needed this year include:
  • Socks (mens size 9-11)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Fleece Lap Blankets
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Pocket Mirror
  • Decks of Cards
  • Puzzle Books
  • Pens
  • Notepads
  • Sewing Kits
  • Safety Pins
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Lip Balm
  • Toothbrushes (toothbrush cover)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash (small bottle)
  • Deodorant
  • Bars of Soap
  • 3-1 Body Wash
  • Lotion (small bottle)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Pocket Tissues (no boxes)
  • Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sturdy Backpack (at least 17” deep and a dark color)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Red Cross Holds Mifflin County Home Fire Safety Event



Close to 100 American Red Cross and United Way of Mifflin-Juniata Day of Caring volunteers joined forces with the Lewistown and Juanita Borough Fire Departments and the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to install close to 350 free smoke alarms and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in Lewistown and Juniata Terrace on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

“Every seven minutes, someone dies in a home fire,” noted Stephanie Fost, Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Executive Director. “Working smoke alarms and home fire escape plans can increase your chances of evacuating safely by over 50%. The service provided here today will someday save a life.”

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a five-year initiative aimed at reducing the number of home fire related deaths and injuries by 25%. Now entering its third year, the American Red Cross can document over 110 lives saved nationally due to the program.

Volunteers for the Mifflin County install event came from Philips and Community Service Group and were organized by the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata. They were complemented by staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region. A special note of thanks also needs to go to the Lewistown and Juanita Borough Fire Departments, Mifflin County Emergency Management Association, Pennsylvania Fire Academy, Juniata Terrace Borough Council, Grace United Methodist Church, Lewistown Boy Scout Troop 4, Giant in Lewistown and Burnham, Weis Market in Burnham, Subway in Lewistown, and Sheetz in Lewistown.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Red Cross and Local Partners Hold Harrisburg Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Event



Over 200 American Red Cross and United Way of the Capital Region Day of Caring volunteers joined forces with the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire to install over 800 free smoke alarms in close to 200 home and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in the Uptown Neighborhood of Harrisburg on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Jeri Sims, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region CEO, started the event by welcoming the volunteers and reminding them how important their service was to the community.

“What you do here today has the potential of saving a life,” stated Sims. “Since The American Red Cross started our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign nearly two years ago, we have been able to document over 100 lives saved throughout the country due to efforts such as this. On behalf of the people we serve, I say thank you.”

Angela Leopold, American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Board Chair, reinforcing comments made by Sims, added, “Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire. Working smoke alarms can increase your chance of escaping safely by over 50%, yet so many homes in our community do not have them.”

Leopold then noted how thankful she was for the organizations and corporations who have partnered with the Red Cross to make events such as this possible, commenting, “We are so very grateful for the support of our financial sponsors – UGI, PPL, PinnacleHealth, Giant, and Isaac’s. Their generosity and commitment to our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign enables events such as this to occur. We are also extremely grateful for the support of The United Way of the Capital Region. In addition to being a financial supporter of the Red Cross, they are also the ones who – through their annual Day of Caring – brought many of today’s volunteers to us. A huge shout-out goes to Chief Brian Enterline and the entire Harrisburg Bureau of Fire as well for their continued support of this program, and we need to show our appreciation to the good folks here at the Zembo Shrine for allowing us to use this great facility for our event. Finally, thank you to Bob Hauer and the crew at The River 97.3 for being here with us this morning.”

Pennsylvania State Senator Rob Teplitz and Harrisburg City Mayor Eric Papenfuse also addressed the crowd, welcoming them to the city and thanking them for their service to the community.

A brief training session followed before the group, comprised of Red Cross staff and volunteers and additional volunteers from Penn National, Highmark, Aetna, Capital BlueCross, IBM, and Helping with Pride, dispersed to go door-to-door into the Uptown Community, where they checked existing smoke alarms to make sure they worked properly and installed free smoke alarms where none existed or where existing ones had failed. They also educated the residents on how to create and practice home fire escape plans.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Williams Atlantic Sunrise Donates $7,500 to Support Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region recently received a $7,500 grant from Williams Atlantic Sunrise in support of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Lancaster. The money will be used to help the Red Cross reach its goal of reducing the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25% over a five-year period. The American Red Cross is one of 57 Pennsylvania organizations to receive a grant this funding cycle.

The Williams Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program is designed to assist in the development of projects that directly benefit the communities in which the proposed Atlantic Sunrise project would be constructed and operated. Grants are awarded based on community need and can be used to provide environmental benefit, economic development, and community benefit.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Red Cross Partners with PinnacleHealth to Reconnect Family Torn Apart by West African Violence

By Dan Tobin, Red Cross Central PA Director of Marketing & Communications

Victoria, Liberian Refugee living in Harrisburg
Imagine being separated from your children due to war and not knowing how to contact them. Years go by and you wonder whether or not they are still alive. Had they managed to escape the violence? You have little information about their whereabouts and don’t know where to turn. You, yourself, are alone in a different country and speak little of the native language. Where do you go for help?

This was the situation facing Victoria, a refugee from Liberia now living in the United States.

Liberia, a country in West Africa, ended the last century rocked by two civil wars that left the nation deeply divided. Ethnic conflict and the resulting land disputes caused thousands of refugees, some of whom resettled in the United States.

Victoria had lived in the village of Pleebo with her three children, two sisters, and two brothers. Her husband was deceased and she was in a relationship with another man. This was near the end of the country’s second civil war, which ended in 2003.

“There were rebels fighting in my little city of Pleebo,” commented Victoria. “We became refugees as a result of the violence.”

Victoria’s boyfriend told her that the United States was accepting refugees and that they should go and start a new life there. Although hesitant to leave her children, she followed him to America, settling in Harrisburg in 2004.

“My boyfriend used to help me contact my family when we first arrived since I did not know how to contact them on my own,” she stated. “When he left me, I could no longer contact them.”

Victoria, who speaks little and can write no English, relied on her boyfriend of seventeen years for everything. Although their relationship was rough, he made it possible for her to survive in this country and provided her with the means to stay in contact with her family back in Liberia. When he walked out on her three years ago, she found herself all alone. She had no friends and no local support mechanism. She had nowhere to turn and no one to help.

In Steps PinnacleHealth

Mike Dolatoski, PinnacleHealth Case Manager
It was during this time that she began working with Cori Drenning, a Licensed Social Worker at PinnacleHealth, an outpatient health clinic located in her neighborhood. In addition to providing healthcare, PinnacleHealth offers support services to assist individuals with their non-health-related needs. Three years ago, Mike Dolatoski, a PinnacleHealth Case Manager, joined the team and started working directly with Victoria on a regular basis.

“My role as a case manager is very similar to social work,” noted Dolatoski. “After completing an initial assessment and getting to know someone, we work together to set personal goals. Those related to basic needs are focused upon first. We then look at additional goals and figure out how best to attain them.”

One of Victoria’s long-term goals was to once again make contact with her children, brothers, and sisters. She had no idea where they might be and Dolatoski had no idea where to start. He approached a colleague for advice, and she directed him to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Restoring Family Links

“My supervisor mentioned the Restoring Family Links Program and was able to connect me with the right person,” he added.

The American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Program is a joint effort of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that reunites people who have become separated due to armed conflict or other situations of violence, natural or man-made disasters, or migration. In 2015, Restoring Family Links was able to distribute over 100,000 messages and facilitate close to 500,000 phone calls between relatives in countries throughout the world. Close to 1,000 children were reunited with their families through the program.

Dolatoski noted, “I reached out to the Red Cross in December 2014. My Red Cross contact at the time met with Victoria and me to gather all of the available information. He was very upfront that the process could take a long time and that there was no guarantee of success.”  

Following the meeting, the Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region based in Harrisburg initiated a Restoring Family Links case with the greater Red Cross Network. At this point, the local Red Cross, working in conjunction with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., reached out to the Red Cross in Liberia with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross. For the next several months, representatives from the Red Cross in both countries worked collaboratively to exchange information needed to locate Victoria’s family.

A Message from Home

Hope Roaten, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager
In May 2016 word came through the Red Cross network that contact had been made. The family was located in a very remote area of the country, which was a 90-minute drive followed by a 60-minute walk to the nearest communication center. No cell service was available, so all communication would be done via handwritten messages.

“I immediately contacted Mike and told him I had news to share with him and Victoria,” commented Hope Roaten, American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Disaster Program Manager. “We setup a meeting for the three of us at PinnacleHealth.”

Roaten had received messages and photos from Victoria’s family. She decided she wouldn’t tell Dolatoski or Victoria until she could do it in person.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Roaten stated. “The look of relief, satisfaction, and gratitude on Victoria’s face was wonderful to see. It was as if a heavy weight had been lifted from her.”

Victoria added, “I saw the pictures and letters and was very happy. It had been three years since I spoke to my children and 12 years since I’d seen them. I was so happy.”

Dolatoski commented, “We were both not expecting this to happen. It was such an exciting day. For Victoria, the moment was so profound.”

Despite all that she has been through, Victoria has an infectious glow about her. Her smile and laugh brighten the room. Her gratitude to those who help her clearly shines through.

She is now torn between two lives – the one she left behind so many years ago in Liberia, and the one she has started here in Harrisburg. One moment she wants to travel home to be with her family, the next she talks about finding a way to bring her now grown children here.

“I sent them a letter,” she said. “I want to see them. I miss them so much.”

A Perfect Partnership

Using the American Red Cross global network, Victoria was once again able to connect with her family. Since the initial connection was made, Victoria has now been able to send messages through the Red Cross network back to Liberia. In addition, the Red Cross has been able to provide PinnacleHealth with referrals to resources that might enable Victoria to meet some more of her long-term goals.

“It’s wonderful to see the impact our partnership with PinnacleHealth has had on Victoria. Being able to reconnect her with her family shows how multiple organizations working together can enact positive change in our communities,” noted Jeri Sims, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO. “PinnacleHealth has been a strong partner with the Red Cross, providing financial support for our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and supplying volunteers for our home fire install events. Victoria’s story highlights a new chapter of collaboration between our organizations. Working together, there’s no end to what we can accomplish.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

Red Cross Installs Smoke Alarms in Wysox



Close to 50 American Red Cross staff and community volunteers joined forces with the Wysox Fire Department to install over 230 free smoke alarms and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in Wysox on Friday, July 8, 2016.

“With the help of community volunteers, the fire alarms we installed in Wysox have the potential of saving a life,” noted Jeri Sims, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region CEO. “Since the Red Cross started our Home Fire Preparedness Program close to two years ago, we have been able to document nearly 100 lives saved throughout the country due to efforts such as this. On behalf of the people we serve, I say thank you to our partners and volunteers for helping us to make the community a safer place.”

Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire. Working smoke alarms can increase your chance of escaping safely by over 50%, yet so many homes in our community do not have them. The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness program looks to change that, holding events in communities that have an increased risk of home fires and a lower chance of buildings that contain working smoke alarms.

Sims continued, “We are so grateful for the support of our community partners – UGI, PPL, the United Way of Bradford County, Gannon Associates, Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Company, Citizens and Northern Bank, Repsol, Woody's Ale House, Claverack Rural Electric Company, Marlene's Floral, and the Wysox Fire Department. Their generosity and commitment to our Home Fire Preparedness Program enables events such as this to occur.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Colonel Fisher Receives Red Cross Legacy Award


Pictured l-r: Ed Barben (Red Cross Central PA Board Member), Kathy Doran (Red Cross Central PA Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director), Colonel Carla Fisher, and Jeri Sims (Red Cross Central PA Chief Executive Officer).


Retired Army Colonel Carla Fisher of Carlisle was awarded the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Legacy Award during the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North Breakfast on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Colonel Fisher earned the award for her service as a Red Cross Donut Dolly in Vietnam.

Donut Dollies were young female college graduates who, beginning in 1965, deployed to Vietnam to provide entertainment and audience participation programs to the troops. Traveling by helicopter, truck, and jeep, they also provided refreshments and a sense of home to military forces serving in the field. During their peak in 1969, 110 women operated in 17 units throughout the country, reaching an estimated 300,000 troops.

Colonel Fisher served from July 1968-July 1969. Her tour took her to troops stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, Pleiku, and Dong Tam.

She noted, “The intensity of the friendships formed from sharing cold meals, hot sun, time in the bunker, cold showers, and the sounds of fighting, along with the joys of a letter home, a care package, and the day [I] actually boarded the plane to go on R&R or [for the] trip home, made me truly appreciate the service of our soldiers, their resilience, and their values.” 

Colonel Fisher was so moved by the experience that she joined the Army herself, obtaining the rank of Colonel and specializing in personnel and tactical communications during a 25-year career. Since her retirement, she has been an active Red Cross volunteer, supporting the Service to the Armed Forces Program in the Central Pennsylvania Region.

The Red Cross’ legacy of service to members of the military began with Clara Barton providing comfort on the battlefields during the American Civil War. Since then, American Red Cross staff and volunteers have served in every major military combat or conflict operation around the world. They are among a select group who have proudly worn the Red Cross emblem to provide care and comfort to members of the United States Armed Forces, their families, and our veterans.

The Legacy Project honors and recognizes the legacy of Red Cross staff and volunteers who have served side-by-side with members of the United States Armed Forces. Since the program’s inception in 2010, the Red Cross has received nearly 500 nominations. The stories and memories many of these people bring are an opportunity for the Red Cross to engage the families and individuals who share the distinct experience of serving alongside members of the military during conflicts, wars, and humanitarian operations.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Red Cross Receives $50,000 From CommunityAid



The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region received $50,000 from CommunityAid during a special presentation held at their Lancaster store on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The Red Cross is one of several organizations to receive a gift during today’s event.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with CommunityAid,” noted Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Jeri Sims. “Their support improves our ability to serve people in our community whose lives have been impacted by local disasters.”

CommunityAid seeks to raise funds for distribution to local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, and nonprofit charitable organizations by partnering with area businesses and organizations that agree to host clothing collection bins. Items donated through the bins are then sold at one of four area CommunityAid thrift stores, with the proceeds being returned to the community in the form of grants.

“Since all Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge, we rely on the generosity of our corporate and individual donors to provide the resources necessary for us to support the community during disasters big and small,” added Sims. “Thank you, CommunityAid, for all you do to support our mission and the people we serve.”

Pictured Above: CommunityAid Executive Director Glenn Chandler (second from left) with Red Cross staff members l-r Tom Szulanczyk (North Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director), Jenn Wiggin (Major Gift Officer), and Jeri Sims (Regional Chief Executive Officer).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter Honors Heroes at State College Event



The American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter honored local individuals and organizations for their heroic and selfless acts during the Spirit of the Hero Reception held at Celebration Hall in State College on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

This year’s nominees include:

Pennsylvania State Police Rockview Criminal Investigator Trooper Brian Wakefield and Trooper Trevor Danko (category – Law Enforcement)
Pennsylvania State Police Rockview Criminal Investigator Trooper Brian Wakefield and Trooper Trevor Danko were quick-thinking and quick-action during an investigation into a reported natural death at a home in Brenner Township this past June. While removing the body from the residence, area funeral director Mark Heintzelman became short of breath and incoherent before slipping into unconsciousness. Both troopers were already springing into action to assist Heintzelman when he stopped breathing and lost his pulse. Without hesitation, the troopers administered CPR until an EMS crew arrived to transport Heintzelman, who has since made a full recovery, to Mount Nittany Medical Center. By providing lifesaving CPR to Heintzelman at the first sign of his distress, Troopers Wakefield and Danko played a pivotal role in the man’s ultimate survival.

Penn State LionCare (category – Medical Professional)
Amidst clinical rotations and long days of studying, third-year Penn State College of Medicine students at the University Park Regional Campus are putting their education into practice in a new setting. They have spent the last several months preparing for LionCare Tyrone, a student-run free clinic, which opened its doors to the public in March. “This is reminding me why I went to medical school in the first place – to help people who really need medical care,” said Clay Cooper, co-director of the clinic. “There’s definitely a need for this type of service in Tyrone, and it’s an exciting opportunity to help start this from the ground up.” To start, the clinic will be open the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will treat acute care needs and general health and mental health needs, as well as offer work and driver’s physicals and blood pressure checks to adults over age 18. Childcare will be provided during appointments. The clinic, a partnership between the College of Medicine University Park Regional Campus, Penn State College of Nursing and Tyrone Regional Health Network, operates out of the Tyrone Hospital Rural Health Clinic building.

Harvey Corrigan (category – Adult Good Samaritan)
As he pulled behind the Subway on West College Avenue, Advanced Disposal truck driver Harvey Corrigan noticed a pickup truck blocking the roadway. Approaching the vehicle he found a man unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Corrigan pulled the gentleman from the truck, placed him on the ground, and attempted to resuscitate him using the CPR skills he had learned the year prior. A short time later he was joined by two Ferguson Township Police Officers, who used their AED to restart the man’s heart just as Centre LifeLink EMS was arriving to transport the gentleman to Mount Nittany Medical Center. Corrigan’s CPR training, coupled with his willingness to help a complete stranger he found to be in distress, worked together to keep a man alive until first responders were able to arrive at the scene with advanced life-saving equipment.

Pet Recovery Centre County/Susan Harpster (category – Animal Rescue)
Serving Centre County lost pets and their owners, Pet Recovery of Centre County is a volunteer organization that provides information and access to resources that help to bring missing pets back home. Using the power of social media, Pet Recovery of Centre County is able to turn a truly traumatic experience into a less-stressful situation that most times results in a happy ending. By encouraging its clients to stay calm and act quickly, they are able to blanket their extensive network of followers with pictures and other important information concerning the missing pets. They also work with area agencies to cast an even wider net in the community. Since its inception, Pet Recovery of Centre County has successfully reunited countless pets with their owners, creating happy endings for many area families.

Bob Perks Cancer Fund/Doreen Perks (category – Community Impact)
The Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund helps to ease the financial burden of individuals and families in our community who are battling cancer by providing funding for basic necessities such as rent, utilities, and food so the families’ focus can be on treatment and recovery. The Fund was established in 2006 in memory of Bob Perks, a State College native, who passed away in 2005 after a long battle with melanoma. Devoted to helping cancer patients long before he faced his own challenges with the disease, his wife, Doreen, family, friends and colleagues founded the Bob Perks Cancer Fund to fulfill his wish of making a difference in the lives of those who faced cancer. Over the past ten years the Fund has raised and allocated over $1 million to local cancer patients who have encountered financial hardships in Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntington Counties.

Brent Andrews (category – Miltary)
Brent Andrews has served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard since March 1990, and continues to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of soldiers. While deployed to Iraq on combat operations in 2009, he served as the mounted vehicle commander for his platoon. It was during enemy actions on more than two occasions that he directed the mounted element to provide security for the dismounted squads while maintaining communications with higher headquarters to provide necessary support.

Katherine Spicer (category – Youth Good Samaritan)
As Katherine Spicer approached her tenth birthday, she decided she didn’t need things for herself and set out to raise money to help animals. With the help of her mother, Christina, she started a GoFundMe page called, Katherine’s 10 Years for $10,000. Katherine decided to raise the money to benefit Centre County PAWS, an organization that has been committed to finding forever homes for cats and dogs and educating citizens on responsible pet ownership for over 30 years. Her goal was to raise $5,000 by her mid-April birthday, and the rest as the year progresses. Katherine exudes a wisdom beyond her years. Her desire to help others over gaining material things for herself humbles us all, reminding us of what is really important in life.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Red Cross Holds Two Fire Safety Events




Over 100 American Red Cross and community volunteers joined forces with the fire departments in Mifflinville and Mount Carmel to install close to 500 free smoke detectors and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during special events held in Mifflinville and Mount Carmel’s Ward 3 on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

“Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire,” noted Tom Szulanczyk, American Red Cross North Central Pennsylvania Executive Director. “Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of escaping safely by over 50%, yet so many homes in our community do not have them.”

Since its inception in October 2014, there have been close to 80 documented lives saved throughout the country due to the Home Fire Preparedness Program, underscoring the importance of the Mifflinville and Mount Carmel events.

Szulanczyk added, “When a home fire strikes, you have roughly two minutes to escape safely. The smoke detectors you install and the escape plans you help residents to create today have the potential to save a life.”

Pennsylvania State Representative David Millard greeted the group gathered in Mifflinville, and Mayor Philip Cimino, Pennsylvania State Representative Kurt Masser, and Fire Chief James Reed welcomed those in Mount Carmel. In all cases, the importance of the service being offered was stressed.

Opening remarks and a brief training session preceded the volunteers, grouped into teams of four, being dispersed into the community, where they traveled door-to-door to check existing smoke detectors and install free smoke detectors where none existed or where existing ones had failed. They also worked with the residents to create home fire escape plans.

The American Red Cross would like to thank our sponsors who helped to make both events possible – UGI, PPL, First Keystone Community Bank, BB&T Bank, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, Clover Hose Company, Rescue Hose Company, American Hose Company, and Mifflin Rangers. We would also like to thank The Lower Anthracite Region United Way for helping to secure the volunteers for the Mount Carmel event and Mount Carmel Police Chief Todd Owens for his support and assistance.