It's hard to believe that we're about to turn the calendar to 2014.
This has been a very busy year for the American Red Cross of Maine. In the spring we helped 300 people impacted by a series of apartment fires in Lewiston, including 220 who were driven from their homes.
An even larger disaster hit Maine last week, when an ice storm left 115,000 homes without power. As counties across the state began to report outages, the Red Cross mobilized:
• We opened six shelters and put several other locations on standby.
• Nearly 60 Mainers spent their Christmas in a Red Cross shelter.
• Our shelters logged more than 250 overnight stays, served 1,600 meals and snacks, and provided nearly 450 health services and mental health contacts.
In addition to these regional events, we responded to nearly 300 fires in the state, trained thousands of people in safety classes - ranging from swimming to First Aid/CPR - and collected nearly 5,300 units of life-saving blood.
All of this was made possible by the dedication of our volunteers and the generous support of our donors.
I hope you'll help us continue to provide these important services to our communities by making a year-end, tax-deductable donation by visiting MaineRedCross.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
Thank you for your support of Red Cross, and best wishes for a healthy and safe new year.
Patricia Murtagh, CEO
American Red Cross of Maine