Ongoing partnership supports disaster relief and preparedness programs in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
SAN BERNARDINO Calif., (September 23, 2019) – The American Red Cross serving San Bernardino County is pleased to announce a generous donation of $250,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. This donation will enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters big and small in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The donation will also support preparedness initiatives and community outreach throughout the Inland Empire to help local communities be better equipped to respond to and recover from disasters.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has been a partner with the American Red Cross for more than 16 years. “Over the course of our partnership, San Manuel has donated over $12 million, funding large international and domestic disaster relief efforts such as Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma and Maria, Haiti Earthquake and Tsunami Relief, and California Wildfire Relief, as well as programs right here in our own backyard like local disaster response and recovery initiatives, preparedness training, and CPR/AED/First Aid education for communities throughout San Bernardino and Riverside,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving San Bernardino.
“San Manuel has long-supported the Red Cross in providing vital preparedness training and lifesaving services in our communities,” continued Baysinger. “Each year we respond to hundreds of disasters across our region, from home fires to wildfires and more, and we couldn’t do it without incredible partners like San Manuel.”
“The call of Yawa to ‘act on one’s belief’ has been a guiding cultural principal that San Manuel practices through its charitable giving program, leading us to act for the sake of others,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “This partnership goes beyond simply helping someone in a time of need. Together we are empowering individuals and communities to be better prepared and able manage emergency situations for all our mutual benefit. We are proud of the continued partnership and how it strengthens the community.”
Whether it’s a warm blanket, a hot meal or a shoulder to lean on, the Red Cross is there thanks to the generosity of its donors. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, and the contributions of community partners like San Manuel Band of Mission Indians ensure the Red Cross can provide comfort and support when it’s needed most.
The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region proudly serves Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For more information on local Red Cross services, visit redcross.org/dts.
About the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region:
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. The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region has proudly served Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit redcross.org/dts or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDTS or Facebook at facebook.com/RedCrossDTS.
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