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i Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, November I. 2007 American Red Cross celebrates new home "We have a home," says Jim community partners who have many local organizations and Rector, Chairman of the Am- made this possible," said Rector. individuals. Naming opportunity erican Red Cross, Mountain "This has been a goal of the donors are:' Empire Chapter. After eighteen Chapter for a long time. We are Wellmont-Bristol Regional months of the Chapter's Corn- excited to have a facility that Medical Center-Reception/Tri- munity Investment Campaign, will meet the needs of theage area:S50,000 the American Red Cross Chapter community for years to come." has purchased the 6,000 square The Chaj ter serves eastern foot facility, located on Lee Sullivan tgounty in Tennessee Highway. The Chaptdr has been and nine counties in Southwest leasing for several months while Virginia. rais g the funds to purchase. Donors to the campaign "Our warmest thanks go out include 100% of the Chapter's to our donors, volunteers and Board of Directors as well as Wildfire danger- be cautious members separated from their Russell County Re.Elect Proven Leadership Paid for and authorized by Steve Dye families stay connected. The American Red Cross is part of Ed Stoots, regional forester significant rainfall in the fore the International Red Cross and for the Virginia Department of east; therefore, people still nee( Red Crescent Movement. The Forestry in Southwest Virginia to be very cautious." Red Cross is not a government said, "I would like to thank area More than 95 percent o agency; it relies on individual residents for heeding the fire wildfires are human-caused. Op First Bank and Trust Co.- donations of time and money to danger warnings and restrictions, en burning and arson are th( Kitchen-S25,000 do its work. The Mountain Considering the drought-like primary causes of these fires The Robert T. Carter Found-Empire Chapter is a United Way conditions of this area, we have Wildfire not only burns vegeta ation-Health and Safety Office- agency, had relatively few fires." tion, it can also result in the los $20,000 The recent rainfall has help- of lives and property. The persoJ Pete Holier, Chairman of the cns Band in reducing the wildfire responsible for starting a wild Bristol Regional Medial Center potential. However, the Depart- fire can be held responsible fo Re i 11 ment of Forestry warns that we the cost ofputtingthe fire out. Board at the time of their gift, an olx still have four to five weeks of For more information, pleas, said "The gift from Bristol Regional Medical Center to the If you were a member of the fall fire season in a period that contact your local office of th, American Red Cross for thisCastlewood High School band remains drier than normal.Virginia Department of Forestr:. facility is an example of our when Tim Wood was the director, Stootsadded,"There is no or the U.S.Forest Service. hospital investing some of its any time from 1967 to 1972, or , resources in the best possible you know someone who was, we treatment for those whom theare planning a Disney World Z] l O hospital serves. We are proud to reunion in 2008. Please get in have our organization associated touch with one of the following: {:O nlV'E with the efficient triage of Glenna Bratton Hensdill, patients in emergencysituations, g]lenna@naxs.com, 276-738- Where do we rate gOD Good and effective assessment at 8109 Debbie Fraley Belisle, the outset in an emergency will j dbelisle( ,comcast.net, 276-628- 1- O? help to save lives and ensure the 2063 or-Gaff Fraley Gladson, our ggladson@hughes.net, 276-762- Loretta Duly. best possible care for those 5496. I- affected." InSeptember 2005, while the I I IIII -- III I II I I I needs of Hurricane Katrina re Hrhture.GetYoH evacuees, the Chapter was given the opportunity to borrow the facility from previous owner Tim Carter of Starwood Pro- perties. "We used the building as a training and service delivery site, helping over 2,000 evacuees in just a few months," says Felisha McNabb, ExecutiVe Director. At that time, the Chapter had been looking for a facility to serve as their Chapter tA,a h a tA, is Headquarters that would enable larger training classes, more storage for disaster and Health [-1 ] Viv te [IA.Ve. tlgfltov and Safety equipment, private meeting spaces for client [-'] security officer services and accessibility for persons with disabilities. "The D College Student building is perfect for our needs," says McNabb, adding U GED graduate that the only changes they have made were to add a few shelves. ,/ LL 047 the b0ve a Shortly a er the hurricane response, the board's Building committee met with owner Tim Carter and negotiated a lease/purchase contract that would allow the chapter time to raise needed funds before purchasing the building. The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for ana respond to emergencies. Locally last year, over 517 Mountain Empire Chapter Regional Adult Education volunteers helped victims of 170 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to over 6,500 adults and 5,000 P.O. Box8 *Lebanon, VA 24266*276.889.5424 *1.866.581.99B5 children; and helped U.S. service i i:: = : " ,'!::, ;'i.: upervt= ussell 1) :ire( uslness spons= ner ars ars Trac wise our In Paid Political Advertisement For Carter McGIothlin, Supervisor, At, Large Authorized and paid for by Carter McGiothlin