YUMA (Nov. 1, 2012) – Merchants in Yuma’s historic downtown district are joining forces Friday, Nov. 2 to raise money in response to Hurricane Sandy, with restaurants and businesses donating a percentage of proceeds to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for disaster relief.
Generous members of the community contributed more than $350 on Wednesday at Yuma City Hall, KYMA-TV Channel 11 studios and the Yuma Territorial Prison, and the Red Cross, in partnership with the City of Yuma, raised over $500 on Thursday at the Yuma Palms Regional Center. All donations will benefit Sandy relief operations, with more than 7,000 people staying at 115 Red Cross shelters.
“The outpouring of support from the City of Yuma and its caring citizens has been phenomenal,” said Andretta Schellinger, the Yuma County Emergency Services Specialist for the Grand Canyon Chapter. “The funds collected will go a long way for the Red Cross in helping people affected by this devastating storm take the initial steps in rebuilding their lives.”
Merchants that have pledged to participate in Friday’s fundraiser benefiting Sandy victims include:
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 www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.