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Red Cross Campaign Has Corporate Sponsor

By Marcial Bolina and Ben Cable

Phoenix, AZ - Friday morning June 24th a massive campaign was launched by the American Red Cross ‘Fire Hurts - Red Cross Helps’ at Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona.  

American Red Cross URB (CableMuse.com) Phoenix

Every day, in cities and suburbs, fire consumes apartment buildings and homes as well as the tangible memories and the lives of American families. In Arizona, four major fires were still raging across Arizona including the ‘Monument’, ‘Wallow’, and ‘Willow’ fires and a new fire in Northern Arizona called the ‘Wash Fire’.

Every 16 Hours, Your Local Red Cross Is Helping Neighbors In Need!

Red Cross - Carla Garcia @ Fry's Event (CableMuse.com)

At another Red Cross event Friday, a Vice President of a major insurance company told Cable Muse Network that the Red Cross was there for her family on two occasions including when her brother’s home was destroyed by fire. She said, “Before his insurance company could help him, the Red Cross was there.” She also recounted how they provided her family with their immediate needs, including housing.

American Red Cross Press Conference at Fyr's (CableMuse.com)

At the Fry’s press conference Bill Epps, Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer said, “From May 1st to June 21st, we responded to 81 house and apartment fires within the territory that we serve. More than 360 people were temporarily displaced by fires and our free disaster assistance to those families total almost $60,000 dollars. That’s just in the last seven weeks and those numbers are not unusually high. That is what we do, pretty much every single week of the year. Every 16 hours, there’s a house fire that our volunteers come and help people.”   

The local Red Cross website reports in 2010, “More than 2,100 disaster impacted individuals received support from the Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter… Most often with our volunteers are on the scene shortly after firefighters are rolling up their hoses and preparing to depart the scene.”

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Bill Epps of American Red Cross receives donation from Ron Parucki of Fry's (Left) CableMuse.com

Ron Parucki, V.P. of Fry’s Retail Operations presented Bill Epps with a check to kick off the Fire Hurts campaign. Mark Weldon, Red Cross Director of Communications told Cable Muse Network, “In addition to the $28K (Fry’s) donated last week, they added $25K today.” The new Red Cross campaign gives Fry’s customers an opportunity to give to their community as they checkout.

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Disclosure:  Cable Muse Network LLC Reporter and Executive Editor, Ben Cable is a volunteer for the American Red Cross. CMN Office Manager, Marcial Bolina is a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

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