TERRE HAUTE -- Wabash Valley American Red Cross, in conjunction with Jadcore, Inc., have kicked off the 15th Save the Day Campaign.
The goal of this year's community campaign is to raise at least $56,000 in 30 days to deliver relief to disaster victims, train people to save lives, respond to calls for help from military families, mobilize volunteers and empower ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations.
The campaign includes Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois.
In the past fiscal year, the Wabash Valley Red Cross responded to 143 home fire, helping 489 disaster clients with emergency food, clothing, lodging, personal hygiene items, critical medications, eyeglasses and mental health support.
Families use Red Cross financial assistance to purchase what they need from the local merchants of their choice.
The local chapter also provided emergency communication services to 169 local military families; briefed 953 National Guard members and their families prior to deployment; taught 210 people international humanitarian law; and trained more than 30,000 people in lifesaving skills.
All American Red Cross disaster relief, disaster education, emergency services to armed forces families are free, made possible by people, corporations, foundations and United Ways in the area counties the agency services.
To find out more about the work of the Red Cross in the Wabash Valley and the Save the Day Campaign, call Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens at 812-232-3393 Ext. 11, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions to the campaign may be mailed to the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter, 700 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47807, or made online at www.wabashvalleyredcross.org.