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From left, April Marti, Sr. HR Generalist; and Eileen Duplain, Assistant Vice President IT Delivery with Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, an American Red Cross Ready Rating Member.
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From left, Amy Best, CSA Franchise Owner of Home Instead Senior Care and American Red Cross Ready Rating Member; and Robin Summers, Executive Director American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter.
ALTON – March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter will celebrate by holding its annual Penny Drive at Jersey County schools and providing two free seminars on the Ready Rating program.
“This year will mark our 11th year for our annual Penny Drive held in schools throughout Jersey County,” said Robin Summers, executive director of the chapter. “We’re very pleased that the kids will have another opportunity to support our cause while learning how we help people in the community.”
Over the last 10 years, the school drive has collected more than $50,000 for the Red Cross. Proceeds directly benefit residents of Jersey County who are receiving assistance through Red Cross programs and services. This includes disaster relief, community preparedness, services to the armed forces, blood services and health and safety services.
Red Cross Ready Rating is a free, online program designed to help businesses, organizations, schools and the faith-based community become better prepared for emergencies and disasters. It’s important to note that following a disaster, up to 40 percent of businesses fail. If not up and running within a month, 80 percent of businesses don’t survive.
The Red Cross will offer two free Lunch and Learn seminars, sponsored by The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville Glen Carbon, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Red Cross in Alton, and on March 14 at Hortica in Edwardsville. Lunch will be provided. Those wishing to attend may register for either date by calling 618-465-7704.
Throughout the nine-county area covered by the Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter, there are 16 Ready Rating members including Alton Memorial Hospital, Culver’s of Edwardsville, Hortica, Jersey Community Hospital, Silver Creek Elementary School, Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Regional Airport and Wegman Electric Co.
Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.