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March 16, 2014

Red Cross stays on the move

VALDOSTA — The First Ride for Red Poker Run in memory of Robbie Stalvey Crosby next weekend is one event locally marking American Red Cross Month, but it is designed to benefit an organization ready to help people throughout South Georgia and the world each day of the year.

In Fiscal Year 2013, running from July 1, 2012 though June 30, 2013, the American Red Cross South Georgia Chapter helped 159 families – more than 500 people – receive disaster aid in its 11-county jurisdiction. So far in this fiscal year, it has worked 103 cases helping 313 people, says Terri Jenkins, the ARC South Georgia Chapter executive director.

In the last fiscal year, the chapter helped 268 military members with emergency communications and other services – the Red Cross is developing an ongoing office at Moody Air Force Base; trained more than 2,500 people in first aid/ CPR, babysitting aquatics, instructor training, etc.; collected blood, etc.

Jenkins has been the area Red Cross executive director for five years, overseeing the area chapter grow from covering a handful of counties to 11 counties four years ago. The 11 counties are Lowndes, Brooks, Cook, Colquitt, Decatur, Echols, Grady, Lanier, Mitchell, Seminole, and Thomas.

To continue its work in these counties, the Red Cross always seeks opportunities to raise funds and awareness while helping more people from the blood-services program to the Valdosta State University-student Red Cross organization which attracted more than 100 students to a recent on-campus event.

As part of Red Cross Month, the South Georgia Chapter kicks off Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign to raise awareness and funds for disaster relief. Individuals, companies, student organizations can become Heroes by pledging to raise $1,000 for the Red Cross. The South Georgia Chapter hopes to raise $10,000 during this three-month campaign.

For now, the Red Cross prepares for next weekend’s poker run. Registration is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St. First bike out 10 a.m. Last bike out 11 a.m. Last bike in 3:30 p.m. Drawings at 4 p.m. Rhonda Stalvey Carlsen hosts the event, which ends at Mikki’s where a local band will play. More information on the Ride for Red Poker Run in memory of Robbie Stalvey Crosby, contact Jenkins at terri.jenkins@redcross.org or Carlson at r.stalvey@yahoo.com

More information on Red Cross, email terri.jenkins@redcross.org or call (229) 242-7404.

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