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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter joins Phoenix Suns in Sandy Donation Drive

Grand Canyon Chapter and Phoenix Suns partner for Sandy donations

PHOENIX (Nov. 2, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is partnering with the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Nov. 2 in a donation drive to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which still has nearly 6,800 people from nine states taking refuge in 97 Red Cross shelters.

More than 35 Red Cross volunteers and employees will be collecting donations before and during the 7 p.m. game against the Detroit Pistons at US Airways Center. Donations by cash, check or credit card will be accepted at a Red Cross table inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion from 5-7:30 p.m. Red Cross workers will have donation canisters at other US Airways Center entrances, and Suns fans can get an up-close look at a Red Cross emergency response vehicle on the plaza outside the pavilion.

After tipoff, the Suns will encourage fans to donate, with all collections going directly to Sandy relief operations on the East Coast. Donations can be made at, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 gift. “The people in this country have been wonderful when it comes to helping others,” Red Cross Senior Vice President of Disaster Services Charley Shimanski said. “Now more than ever, the Red Cross needs their support again.”

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.