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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As the weather turns cold and more families turn on their heaters, the rate of house fires in New Mexico increases dramatically, according to Cindy Adams, regional CEO of the American Red Cross who oversees the Mid Rio Grande Chapter. The chapter responds to disasters in 21 counties.
So the timing of Summit Electric Supply’s $8,300 donation in October was appreciated, she said. Summit continued its annual tradition of donating $100 to the Chapter for every home run of the local baseball team. The Isotopes hit 83 homers.
“Our main focus that the donation will help with is responding to single family fires in our communities,” Adams said. “We’re making sure, when people lose their home to fire, they will have a safe, secure place to sleep.”
Another service the donation will support is emergency communications to soldiers, Adams said. Family members in a crisis can call the Red Cross, which then contacts their loved one’s commanding officer and relays the situation.
“We have provided 2,600 emergency communications between active military and their families during a crisis,” she said.
Last year, Summit donated $11,000 to the local chapter (the Isotopes hit 110 home runs) and $50,000 to the national headquarters for disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Ike struck Galveston and Houston areas. Summit has four service centers in those areas.
“Summit supports the Red Cross for the compassionate services they quietly and humbly provide to members of the community every day,” said Victor R. Jury Jr., president and CEO. “We support them through the Isotopes to use the 70-plus Isotopes games each year to raise local support and awareness and to make it a little more meaningful to cheer for the home team.”
[ Red Cross ]