Coins for Comfort

What: Photo and story opportunity at elementary school in Rio Rancho

When: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: E. Stapleton Elementary, 3100 8th Ave, NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Coins for Comfort, is a simple grassroots fundraising campaign that introduces students to the work of The American Red Cross and increases public awareness of disasters in New Mexico.

Students in schools around the state collected Coins throughout the day on September 25 and the students from E. Stapleton Elementary will present the money to the Red Cross on Thursday. In 2011 these students raised more money than any other school in New Mexico. It is the hope of the Red Cross that this creates awareness in young people of the importance of giving back to their communities at an early age. Young people can make a difference and help save lives and provide aid and comfort to victims of disasters in the state.

Please join us tomorrow for some good news about students and our community.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcrossnewmexico.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

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