Photo: Posing with the American Red Cross of Cayuga County's new vehicle are, front row, left to right: Sheena Isbell, designer, Infinite Autosports; Jane Fox, Fox Dealerships, Inc.; and Pamela Baker Gratton, manager of the American Red Cross of Cayuga County. Back row, left to right: Bill Fox, Fox Dealerships, Inc., and Kevin Carpenter, American Red Cross Emergency Services Manager for Cayuga, Cortland and Tompkins counties.
The American Red Cross of Cayuga County recently purchased a 2012 Subaru Outback that will allow staff members and volunteers to safely and effectively deliver Red Cross services throughout the county.
The all-wheel drive vehicle, which was purchased from Fox Toyota/Subaru in Auburn, replaced the Red Cross of Cayuga County’s former vehicle that was in disrepair and unsafe to drive. Staff members and volunteers use the new vehicle to respond to emergencies such as house fires, deliver services such as preparedness presentations, and meet with community partners throughout the county, which stretches from Fair Haven to the north and the Tompkins County line to the south.
The American Red Cross does not receive government funding and relies on donations to deliver its lifesaving services. It’s more cost-effective and a better use of donor dollars to have a dedicated vehicle rather than reimburse staff members and volunteers for the use of their personal vehicles.
Infinite Autosports in Auburn provided the in-kind installation of the Red Cross graphics on the Outback.
“As every car owner knows, there comes a time when it makes more sense to purchase a new vehicle than continuously repair the old one,” said Pamela Baker Gratton, manager of the American Red Cross of Cayuga County. “When that time came for us, we wanted to stay local with Fox and Infinite Autosports because we know and believe in the quality of the businesses in Cayuga County.”
To learn more about the services provided by the American Red Cross of Cayuga County, visit www.redcross.org/cny or call the office at 315-252-9596. Visit the Red Cross of Cayuga County on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossCayugaCounty.