SWNY Chapter of the Red Cross Wants to Help You be Prepared

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Pictured from left to right are Mark Prechtl, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company; Kathy Burch, American Red Cross; Steve Columbare, Everyday’s True Value; and Brian Willink, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company.

JAMESTOWN – The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York will be offering a free smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, while supplies last, to those who donate blood at the Fralick Donation Center on September 26th and 27th. Blood donations are open from 12:30-5:30pm on these days.

“The American Red Cross is helping to promote September as Preparedness Month,” states Kathy Burch, assistant executive director of the local chapter. “Through the generosity of Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company and Everydays True Value, we are able to offer these potentially life-saving detectors to members of our community.” According to Ms. Burch, statistics have shown that fire deaths have been cut in half since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s.

“Those who come in to donate blood during the last two weeks of September will be able to have a free smoke detector or CO2 detector to make their home better prepared. The Red Cross mission is to help alleviate human suffering, and helping to prevent injuries from home fires and CO2 poisoning is something that is very important for our community members,” added Ms. Burch. “Not only are you helping to save up to three people with your blood donation, you are doing something to protect yourself and your family by adding one of these detectors to your home.”

If you wish to make an appointment to donate blood, please call 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Walk ins are always welcome.