Tuesday, February 10 2009
We applaud Old National Bank for donating cots and blankest to the Red Cross. Every donations counts and with the help of respected Corporate Citizens a lot more can be done.
Old National Bank donating cots, blankets to Red Cross
The donation - 250 cots and 400 blankets in all - comes days after the local Red Cross wrapped up its relief efforts in the wake of an ice storm that caused widespread power outages.
That response emphasized the need for more supplies, said Red Cross spokeswoman Emily Zander
More than 900 people sought shelter at a Red Cross facility in Vanderburgh County in the week following the storm. The previous high for a single night in a past disaster was about 30 shelter residents, Zander said.
"We were inundated with so many people," she said. "The real issue was not having enough cots for everyone because we had not had a disaster response this large ... We still had a warm place for people to stay but some folks slept on the floor or in chairs."
Zander said Old National stepped forward with the donation after learning of the need. The cots and blankets are set to be unloaded Wednesday at Red Cross headquarters.
“We are so grateful to Old National Bank for realizing the need we have and responding in such a huge way,” Red Cross Executive Director Matt Bertram said in a news release. “This gift will mean we can better serve more people in our community when they need help the most.”