The American Red Cross has increased capacity to respond to disasters in Summit County thanks to a $10,000 donation presented by The Summit Foundation to the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter.
The gift helped the Red Cross purchase a 14-foot trailer stocked completely with disaster supplies for a 75-person shelter response. Supplies included cots (including five medical cots), blankets, comfort kits, stuffed animals for children, and general shelter supplies.
The trailer was unveiled at The Summit Foundation annual Grant and Scholarship Awards on Thursday, June 27, at the Keystone Conference Center.
“We are very grateful for this generous gift from The Summit Foundation. It will increase our capacity to respond to disasters in this area,” said Jody Acres, Red Cross Disaster Manager for the area.
The Red Cross responds to an average of more than one disaster a day in Colorado, and averages about two disasters per month in the area that encompasses Summit and surrounding counties. The trailer will provide flexibility and agility for the Red Cross to respond quickly to larger disasters – such as wildfires, blizzards and apartment fires – that require sheltering for multiple people.
The trailer will also be in the Breckenridge and Frisco 4th of July parades.