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Local Students Step Up to Help Their Community

El Paso, Texas, May 23, 2012 — The American Red Cross will receive enough personal hygiene items to fill 50 Comfort Kits thanks to the students of Eastwood Knolls Elementary today. The items will be presented to Freddy Martinez, American Red Cross Disaster Services Manager, at 1:30 p.m. on the Eastwood Knolls campus at 10000 Buckwood, El Paso, Texas 79925

One of the unique things about El Pasoans is their love for family, friends and their community. Students at Eastwood Knolls, part of the Ysleta Independent School District, are learning the value of helping their neighbors at a young age. They have been tirelessly collecting personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, and shampoo to fill bags provided by the American Red Cross to families affected by disaster.

The most common disaster in El Paso is individual home fires. Last year, the American Red Cross assisted families affected by 225 incidents of fire-related disasters. When families lose everything, the staff and volunteers of the El Paso Area Chapter try to provide the family with everything they will need within the first 72 hours after a disaster. Having replacements for common items like shampoo and toothpaste makes a difference in getting the families on the road to recovery.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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