Enbridge partners with Northland Red Cross chapterEnbridge Energy kicked off Red Cross Month with a bang, presenting the Northland Chapter with a leadership contribution of $10,000.
Enbridge Energy kicked off Red Cross Month with a bang, presenting the Northland Chapter with a leadership contribution of $10,000.
The gift was made by Lorraine Little, senior manager of U.S. Public Affairs, to the Red Cross board chair, Col. Penny Dieryck.
“The American Red Cross is an important partner for Enbridge Energy, and this gift is made in recognition of their importance to the local community and the nation,” Little said. She cited the local Red Cross response to flash floods in Duluth last year as an example, along with a number of other relief efforts following tornadoes and other emergencies nationwide.
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Today, the Northland Chapter kicks off its “Campaign for Corporations,” with a goal of raising a total of $20,000 for local programs and services by March 30.
“I can’t tell you how much leadership gifts, like this one from Enbridge, mean to the chapter,” said Chapter Executive Director Judy Hanne Gonzalez. “One of our donors calls gifts like this “dry powder,” meaning the money that makes our immediate response to disasters of all sizes possible. This gift and other Disaster Partners gifts are just that for us - dry powder - and I hope that other businesses in the communities we serve will join Enbridge as donors this month.”
The Northland Chapter responds to about 100 local disasters annually. Red Cross disaster relief includes emergency housing, food, clothing, medicine and medical supplies, eyeglasses, health services and disaster counseling. Clients spend financial assistance with local merchants, pumping up to $100,000 in charitable contributions back into the communities it serves.
The local chapter also assists 300 military personnel and their families through short-term crises, and trains up to 16,000 residents to prevent and respond to accidents and sudden illnesses such as heart attacks.
The chapter serves 364,800 people in a 19,000 square mile jurisdiction that makes up the largest Red Cross chapter east of the Mississippi. It serves Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties in Minnesota, as well as Douglas County, Wisconsin.
The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to assist people affected by disasters. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today. Visit www.redcrossmn.org, call 800-733-2767 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to your local Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
The Northland Chapter gratefully acknowledges Grainger and Enbridge Energy as lead sponsors. For more information, call 218-722-0071 or visit www.redcrossmn.org.