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The Crescent River Pilots Foundation donates $5000 to Red Cross

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The Crescent River Port Pilots Foundation made a financial contribution of $5,000 to the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of American Red Cross's "Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps" campaign, which provides assistance to victims who have been displaced from their homes due to fires.

Residential fires are the most frequent and menacing local disaster in Southeast Louisiana. The donation will support fire response in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parishes.

“Every 11 hours, a family in our area loses their belongings to a home fire,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “In that moment, when people are at their lowest points in their lives, they need to be able to count on the local American Red Cross for help. Timely, targeted Red Cross aid can be all that stands between our community’s most vulnerable families and hunger, homelessness, or health crisis after a disaster.”

On average, the local chapter of the Red Cross responds to one fire every 11 hours, helping more than 970 families a year. The Red Cross stands ready to assist the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sally Short Blondiau, Foundation President, is proud to support the effort adding, "It is important to support the American Red Cross because after the fire is out, they are there to provide desperately needed assistance to those who may have lost everything. We are proud to assist the Red Cross in this campaign."

The donation was made on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. On hand for the presentation were Captain Jimmy Cramond, President of the Crescent River Port Pilots Association, Sally Blondiau, Foundation President for the Crescent River Port Pilots Association, Kay W. Wilkins and Susan Currie from the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters, 90% of which are home fires, as well as emergency messaging services for families of members of the armed forces and training thousands of individuals in life saving skills like CPR and first aid.

"We know that disasters occur all the time in Louisiana." said Jimmy Cramond, "There are home fires every day in our communities; we want to help ensure that those families affected by the devastation of a disaster get the help and hope that they need to rebuild their lives."

For more information about your American Red Cross contact the Southeast Louisiana Chapter at 504-620-3105 or visit us at www.redcross.org/NewOrleans.