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11/14/2012 11:23:00 AM
Red Cross Cuts the Ribbon On Their New Vehicle

The Red Cross of Greenwood, Abbeville and McCormick counties has a new vehicle to be utilized to provide assistance to displaced residents after a single family fire or on a large disaster like tornadoes or on a multi-family residential fire.

“On behalf of our volunteers, my fellow council members, and the community The Greenwood Area Red Cross would like to say thank you for the generous support of our donors, area businesses, employers, and partner agencies.  Because of this generosity – the purchase of a replacement emergency services vehicle helps to ensure continuation of our mission for years to come,” states Mike Dixon, Chair of the Greenwood Area Red Cross Council.

 

Dixon continued: "Whether we are towing equipment trailers; transporting teams of disaster workers to local incidents; or simply providing a means for a caseworker to go out and meet with a disaster-affected family, we now have a safe and reliable vehicle to fit those needs.  We are very grateful to The Self Family Foundation for its support of the Red Cross mission here in the Greater Greenwood Area that made this purchase possible."

The Self Family Foundation took the lead on this project by issuing a challenge grant of $10,000.  The Red Cross had to raise matching funds of $10,000 to secure the grant and purchase the vehicle. "The Self Family Foundation strongly believes in the services of the American Red Cross. Whether it be a disaster of national impact or a disastrous house fire affecting a single family here in our community, the Red Cross is always there to respond," said Frank Wideman, President, The Self Family Foundation. "We are proud to partner with the Red Cross and we hope the donation of this vehicle will help them better serve our communities."

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