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Rising to the challenge

SoVaNow.com / December 04, 2013

Dear Viewpoint:

During this wonderful holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are all feeling pretty frazzled, but still able to snuggle under the blankets and get a good night’s sleep … for this, we are truly thankful! But, please take a moment to remember those less fortunate who are suffering the effects of a recent house-fire which may have destroyed their warm winter coat or that extra pair of jeans that made for a clean pair and of course that “other pair of shoes.” Because of those private financial donations given to the American Red Cross … thank you very much … families who experience a house-fire losing their clothes, etc. are immediately provided for with those necessities that they have lost. Each and every family member is assisted with a safe and warm shelter, as well as a change of clothes, coat, shoes, a week’s grocery allowance as well as other recovery assistance as caseworkers deem necessary; we also refer each family to the local Goodwill and their local clothing closet.

The Red Cross office in Halifax serves the surrounding counties of Charlotte, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg as well as Halifax County. We are hearing reports from our clients that they are unable to find coats that fit, shoes and jeans that fit. I wanted to appeal to each of you to search your closet for that warm coat that you are just not wearing any longer, shoes that are taking up room in your closet and those jeans that maybe don’t fit you just right after the turkey and stuffing weekend we just had. The Goodwill Management out of the Danville location, which serves each of the counties that are in this Red Cross Territory of 7 counties, has graciously agreed that for a Red Cross client with a Red Cross letter of referral in hand, that has lost everything in a recent house-fire, their local store will provide some of these necessities. So, the Red Cross is requesting you to take these needed items to your local Goodwill location or to your local clothing closet so that others who are in need may make good use of them.

Thanks for sharing and for caring.
Sincerely,
Ginger Weaver
Specialist, Disaster & Military Services
American Red Cross
Eastern Virginia Region

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