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Central SC Chapter Kicks Off Inaugural Clara Barton Campaign

Every day the Red Cross helps someone in need.

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, March 17 – The Central SC Chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its inaugural Clara Barton Society Campaign with three sizable gifts that will benefit humanitarian efforts.

Longtime Red Cross volunteers and supporters Joe and Charlotte Berry announced their pledge of $25,000 to kick off the campaign, followed by Matt and Mary Grace Mungo pledging $10,000 and Jim & Linda Rogers pledging an additional $10,000.  Mungo is Vice President at Mungo Homes and Rogers is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.   This year's Clara Barton Society Campaign chair members were also announced. They are: Joe and Charlotte Berry, Matt and Mary Grace Mungo, Jim and Linda Rogers and the honorary chair members are Bill Horton and Mary Major.

“This year has already started off busy for the Red Cross with winter storms and home fires. We are extremely blessed to have so many generous donors who believe in the Red Cross mission,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter executive director. “The Red Cross touches so many lives here in South Carolina, and around the world.”

The Clara Barton Society is named after the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, and is a donation of $1,000 to the Red Cross. This year’s goal is to raise $500,000 to go to support Red Cross disaster response, preparedness training, and Service to Armed Forces. The campaign runs until June 30.

“For many years the American Red Cross has held a special place in my heart,” said Charlotte Berry. “Every day the Red Cross helps someone in need. I was honored when Bill asked me to chair the Clara Barton Society.” 

Matt Mungo echoed those sentiments.

“The Red Cross is an invaluable organization that does so much for so many,” Mungo said. “Our hope is to raise awareness of the Red Cross mission and help others.”

The Central SC Chapter also held an afternoon-long Touching Lives Tour Wednesday to showcase how the Red Cross touches so many lives here and abroad. Visitors were treated to a Citizens CPR class, tours of Blood Services, a shelter mock up, and information from Service to the Armed Forces.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,100 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since Jan. 1.  On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross or joining the Clara Barton Society can visit http://www.redcross.org/sc/columbia  or call 803-540-1200.     

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit Redcross.org.