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Dansville business pledges matching gift for Sandy Relief

Red Cross Volunteer at ERV handing out supplies to victims of Sandy
When we saw the images coming back to us from the affected area, we were compelled to do something

n the wake of devastation left by Hurricane Sandy and the rebuilding that is expected to stretch into months, a local Dansville business has stepped up and challenged the community to give to the Red Cross.

Jon and Tim Shay, owner of Main Tire Exchange, Inc., has pledged to match the community’s gift to the Red Cross with up to $5,000 on behalf of the company.

“When we saw the images coming back to us from the affected area, we were compelled to do something,” said Shay. “We decided to get the public involved to help our donation be more impactful.”

In the aftermath of the devastating loss of life and property, people are dealing with the shortage of basic living essentials like food, water and power and are in dire need of assistance. Main Tire Exchange, Inc. has established a special fund to directly benefit the American Red Cross, which is providing shelter, food, emotional support and other critical assistance to those affected in that area.

Through November 30th, Main Tire Exchange, Inc. will provide a one-to-one matching donation for the first $5,000 in contributions made through this site or delivered directly to the Clara Barton Chapter #1 or our office at 9384 Main Street in Dansville. The Clara Barton Chapter #1 is located at 57 Elizabeth Street in Dansville. Red Cross office hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Checks can be made out to the American Red Cross.

HOW TO HELP The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs the public’s help now. People can make a financial donation by visiting www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The storm has also caused the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products and people are eligible are asked to schedule a blood donation now, especially if they live outside the areas impacted by the storm.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit click here or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.