ERIE, Pa. – It has been a cold and snowy winter so far in the Erie area, and since the season first made its appearance in November, the local American Red Cross Greater Erie County Chapter has responded to more than 30 disasters, assisting nearly 100 individuals with their immediate needs for shelter, food, clothing and emotional support.
As a nonprofit organization that is not funded by the government, the Red Cross relies on the generosity of its donors to fulfill its humanitarian mission in the community and to help these families-in-need during some of the toughest days of their lives. On Monday, Jan. 27, the local Red Cross will seek the support of area residents during its Dialing for Disaster Telethon on WICU-TV from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All donations pledged up to $20,000 will be generously matched by GE Transportation.
“We are truly grateful for GE Transportation’s generosity in matching donations made during the telethon,” said Pam Masi, CEO of the local Red Cross. “We are hopeful that their kind support will encourage others to consider making a contribution to help their neighbors in need, as well.”
GE employees, local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers and staff will work together to man the phones and take pledges throughout the telethon.
Area residents are encouraged to tune in to WICU-TV on Monday to receive information on making a donation to the Red Cross during the telethon. Individuals are also welcome to make a pledge by calling the local Red Cross at 814-833-0942. Any donations earmarked for the telethon will be included in the match.