It’s not breaking news that our fleet of Emergency Response Vehicles, or ERVs, has seen better days, and is aging rapidly from heavy use.
Many of the vehicles are from the early 1980s and 90s, and have become a burden for volunteers and staff members because of constant maintenance and repairs from their time on the road responding to disasters in our region and beyond.
But three brand new ERVs have recently joined the ranks, thanks to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts Emergency Response Vehicle Replacement Initiative during ‘March is Red Cross Month’ and a group of lead donors who helped make it happen.
Distinguished car dealership owner Herb Chambers sponsored two vehicles – a 2012 Dodge Durango and a 2012 Chevy Cruze – after learning of the immediate needs of the organization.
Paired with another generous donation from actress/producer Christy Cashman, her husband Jay Cashman and other select donors, during a fundraising event at the Cashman home in March, we were able to purchase another fully-equipped Dodge Durango.
An Emergency Response Vehicle is used to carry blankets and supplies that are needed at fires and disasters for the victims who lose their homes and sometimes everything they own. Whenever a victim or family lose their home - we make sure to provide transportation for them to a hotel or other temporary shelter; give them toiletries, a stuffed animal for the children, first aid if necessary, and a special credit card so that they can begin to purchase food, clothing and other basic items.
With these generous donations, and the need for more to replace other weathered vehicles, we continue to give people hope and provide support to restore their lives.
We are very thankful for all the donors who made a contribution!
Jay and Christy Cashman
Jon and Marie Jordan
Bonnie Benhayon and Peter Tetrault
Stephen and Marie Nolan
Paula Gilman Bayles and Fred Bayles
Karen and Barry Hickman
Jo Ann Brown
Michelle’s Jewlery, Wayland