Thursday, December 13, 2012

Red Cross, Grigg-Lewis Foundation Team Up For Preparedness

$6,000 donation funds purchase of disaster trailer for Eastern Niagara County

BUFFALO, NY, December 13, 2012 – Thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation, the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties has purchased a new disaster trailer that will be based in Eastern Niagara County. The trailer, which has been stocked with cots, blankets, and other disaster preparedness items, will be housed at the Rapids Fire Hall on Old Beattie Road in Lockport, where it will be available to quickly deploy to assist Eastern Niagara County residents in the event of an emergency.

“We are so thankful for the continuing support of the Grigg-Lewis Foundation,” said Mark Dashner, Director of Niagara County Services for the American Red Cross. “This trailer will greatly cut down on our response time should a disaster strike Eastern Niagara County, allowing our staff and volunteers to quickly set up emergency shelters in affected areas and give local residents someplace to turn when they need it most.”

This generous donation is just the latest example of support the Grigg-Lewis Foundation has provided to the American Red Cross. The Foundation also makes an annual gift of thousands of dollars to support the work of the Red Cross, and the foundation’s founder and primary benefactor, Henrietta Grigg Lewis, was a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross in Eastern Niagara County.

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