Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chambersburg Fire Safety Event

Close to 20 people from the Red Cross, Chambersburg Fire Department, and Bopic, Inc. came together in Chambersburg as part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Working in teams the group canvassed the community, installing close to 150 smoke detectors and educating the residents on the importance of fire preparedness.

Friday, August 14, 2015

PACB Donates $74,000 to The American Red Cross

Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) Executive Committee presented The American Red Cross with a check for just under $74,000 during a special presentation at the Red Cross Office in Harrisburg on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The donation, which will be used to support Red Cross disaster services in Pennsylvania, came from a fund originally intended to provide relief for Johnstown Flood victims. After years of inactivity on the account, PACB decided to broaden the scope of this investment to help current disaster victims and made the gift in support of our efforts in the community.

“The community banking industry in Pennsylvania cares deeply about the communities we serve. The dollars that make up today's contribution were raised in the wake of a devastating flood. This money was raised to serve people in Pennsylvania who are impacted by disaster. Clearly, the American Red Cross is the organization best positioned to help people and communities when disaster strikes. We are happy to come alongside of the Red Cross to advance our common mission,” noted Nick DiFrancesco, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.

Following the formal presentation to Red Cross board members and staff, the group had the opportunity to tour one of the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and learn more about how their gift will impact Red Cross services in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.

“Last fiscal year, the Red Cross assisted close to 800 families – just under 4,000 individuals – who experienced personal disasters throughout our region,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “Since all disaster services are provided free of charge to our clients, we rely on the financial support of individuals and our corporate partners to provide us with the resources necessary to help families and communities in times of crisis. This extremely generous donation will have a huge impact on our ability to fulfill our mission.”

Pictured above (l-r): Red Cross board member Bud Bollinger, Red Cross Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Red Cross board member Paul LeVan, PACB President and CEO Nick DiFrancesco, Red Cross board member Adam Long, Red Cross board Chair Karen Deklinski, Red Cross Regional Disaster Services Officer Chris Weidenhammer, and PACB Executive Committee members Terry Foster (Executive Vice President and CEO of MCS Bank, Lewistown), Dennis Cirucci (President and CEO Alliance Bank, Broomall), and Fred Henrich (President CSBank, Coatesville).

Pictured below (l-r): Chris Weidenhammer, Nick DiFrancesco, Terry Foster, Ellen Kyzer, Karen Deklinski, Dennis Cirucci, and Fred Henrich.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Red Cross Installs Smoke Detectors in Columbia

Close to 20 volunteers, including members of the Columbia consolidated Fire Company and employees from York SERVPRO, came together to install smoke detectors and educate residents on the importance of fire preparedness during an event held in Columbia (Lancaster County) on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The free smoke detectors are part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five-year period.

“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes,” noted Chris Doty, Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist. “When a fire occurs, you have two minutes to safely evacuate your home. By working with the local fire department to target at-risk communities, we are able to provide free smoke detectors and other potentially life-saving fire safety information that can give people a fighting chance should they ever find themselves in a home fire situation.”

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Red Cross Canvasses Bellefonte Community

Members of the Kish Community Action Team joined with other Red Cross staff and volunteers to participate in a Fire Preparedness event held in Bellefonte on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Close to 30 people canvassed the community, going door-to-door to install free smoke detectors to those who needed them, while educating the residents on the importance of fire preparedness. This event, which was made possible in part by the generosity of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, was part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period.

“Right here in Centre County we remember three Bellefonte structures that have been devastated by fires in the past - the DoDe, Garman Theater, and Bush House,” noted Red Cross Mid State Executive Director Stephanie Fost. “Today, the Red Cross wants to try to change that story with our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Walking door-to-door with our friends and neighbors, we’re probably smiling because of the time spent together, but we also know that we might save another historic structure or, more importantly, a life. That is the best way the Red Cross can make a difference in our communities.”

St. John's Church on East Bishop Street graciously permitted the Red Cross to use their parking lot as a staging area and allowed the group to borrow their tables and chairs for pre and post event activities. Thank you to the people of St. John's, the volunteers, and all the residents who allowed us access to their homes. Due to the hard work of many, the Red Cross was able to install roughly 100 smoke detectors in under four hours.

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