Friday, January 28, 2011

Close to Home Experience Prompts
Local Business Owners to Raise
Funds for Red Cross

After Stephanie and Chad Sterling’s neighbor experienced a home fire, they learned something about how neighbors help neighbors in our area. Then, they took action of their own.

In the wake of the fire experienced by the Sterlings’ neighbors, local American Red Cross volunteers provided assistance. Members of a local Red Cross Disaster Action Team, when called upon by local officials or victims of disaster, assist those in need with emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical and disaster mental health services and support families further by providing referrals to other community support resources.

The Sterlings, owners of The Dawg House Tavern in St. Johnsbury, set out to see how they can help their neighbor and others who face the devastation of fire, flood and other natural and man-made disasters. First, they raised funds and gathered food and other household items, all of which helped their neighbors in the wake of their fire. Then, when asked to consider a fundraiser on behalf of the American Red Cross, they quickly agreed.

On New Year’s Eve, The Dawg House Tavern, which doesn’t normally have a cover charge, asked each person that came that evening to donate $2.00. Just recently, the Sterlings presented the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley Region of the American Red Cross with a check for $306.00. Accepting the check on behalf of the Red Cross was Rick Cochran, a member of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross board and founder of Mobile Medical International. “These types of donations are so heartwarming because those who helped raise the funds have personally known someone who has directly been affected by a tragic fire,” Cochran said.

In accepting the Sterlings’ donation, Mr. Cochran expressed gratitude and explained how helpful every donation is to the Red Cross. “All emergency assistance provided by the American Red Cross is provided free of charge,” Cochran noted. “Red Cross disaster volunteers bring their compassion and dedication to bear when helping their neighbors and it is members of the community that make the financial assistance possible through their donations.”

Noting that March is Red Cross Month, Cochran is calling on schools and businesses in the Northeast Kingdom to participate by picking a day and asking students/employees to wear red and make a donation to the Red Cross.

Photo: Stephanie Sterling presents board member Rick Cochran funds raised in support of Red Cross disaster services. Also pictured is Stephanie Bandy who works with Cochran at Mobile Medical Corporation.