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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Joins Rural/Metro for Open House in Yuma

Open House in Yuma

YUMA (Nov. 15, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is partnering with the Rural/Metro Fire Department to hold a preparedness open house Friday, Nov. 16 in Yuma.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a Rural/Metro fire station at 10820 S. Hensley Blvd., Yuma, AZ 85364. Andretta Schellinger, the Grand Canyon Chapter Emergency Services Specialist for Yuma County, will be distributing emergency preparedness resources, and Yuma residents can sign up to volunteer for the Red Cross. There also will be information on upcoming Red Cross blood drives in Yuma, slated for Nov. 30 at the Homewood Suites and Dec. 1 at the Foothills Branch Library. The Salvation Army will be on hand as well, offering snacks for open house participants.

“Our crews will be providing blood pressure checks to those that want them,” Rural/Metro Public Information Officer Charly McMurdie said. “We’re happy to open up our fire station to the American Red Cross and to the public, and we’re very much looking forward to the open house.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.