The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region recognizes TransCanada for its contribution of $10,000, in response to devastating single family home fires in St. Charles county and the surrounding communities.
TransCanada operates pipelines that run through Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties. “TransCanada strongly believes that it is important to be active and involved as a neighbor in the communities where we operate our pipeline systems and where our employees live and work,” said Robert Latimer, Land Manager for Keystone US Project. “Being prepared for emergencies is part of what we do as a responsible operator and we appreciate the strong relationship to openly collaborate with emergency response agencies like the Red Cross and other local and state agencies in Missouri.”
“We are so thankful for this gift from TransCanada and appreciate their recognition of the importance of emergency preparedness and response,” said Ashley Bernaugh, Red Cross Community Market Manager of the Metro West Branch Office, based in St. Charles County. “This donation helps us respond to an increased number of fire responses in our area.” In just the last month, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 25 fires in the six-county area of St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike, Warren, Gasconade and Franklin counties.
“This generous gift from TransCanada makes the work of the Red Cross possible,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “This means the Red Cross can continue to prepare our communities for disasters, as well as help them recover in the days and weeks that follow tragic situations.”
It is part of the Red Cross mission to work to prevent these potentially deadly disasters, but it’s something that still occurs in the St. Louis area too often. In St. Louis and the surrounding communities, Red Cross volunteers respond to an average of three fires a day, or more than 1,000 a year.
You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies happen thanks to our generous donors. Locally, the American Red Cross is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.