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CarMax, Clippers Join Red Cross in Service to Military, Veterans and Their Families




LOS ANGELES, September 29. — Today, CarMax and the Los Angeles Clippers joined the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region in support of the U.S. military and veterans.  Together they assembled 500 “comfort kits” filled with hygiene items to be distributed at military hospitals, medical facilities and local Stand Down events.


“CarMax and the Clippers are shining examples of partners who enable the American Red Cross to continue the long standing legacy of providing comfort and care to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world,” said, Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “We are thrilled to have them as partners in helping make a difference in the lives of these individuals and their families.”


More than 40 volunteers from CarMax, Fox Sports West commentator Mike Smith, the L.A. Clippers mascot, “Chuck,” and members of the L.A. Clippers Spirit Dance Team joined trained Red Cross staff to put together comfort kits that will provide much needed daily essentials to many homeless and vulnerable veterans.


“When disasters occur in the communities where CarMax associates live and work, they often seek ways to provide support. In response to their interests, CarMax pledged to support the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder Member,” said Craig Cronheim, Vice President of Human Resources and Loss Prevention at CarMax.


For more than a decade, CarMax has been a supporter of the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. In January of this year, they joined the Disaster Responder Program to provide critical support to the Red Cross during disaster response work. As a Disaster Responder Member, CarMax, along with other major corporations and foundations, generously pre-invests in our work, enabling the Red Cross to immediately respond and meet the needs of those directly affected by disaster. Now, harnessing the generosity of their employees, they’ve dedicated a volunteer day to assembling comfort kits that will be distributed during an October 20th Stand Down event.


The Red Cross has a long tradition assisting military families and veterans and each year provides assistance to more than two million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans.


To learn more about American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces or how to join our efforts in supporting service members, veterans and their families, please contact Lauren Trosclair Duncan at 310-445-9945 or






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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA. Text “REDCROSSLA” to 75759.




How to help: People can become a Red Cross volunteer at or help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.






Contact: Maria F. Melo


Telephone: (310) 562-8737