Pizza Hut Supporting the Red Cross

Several local Pizza Hut restaurants are supporting the Red Cross throughout the month of April. During the month, Pizza Hut will be offering a special meal deal, where a percentage of sales will go directly to the Red Cross. If you’d like to contribute to the cause but don’t want the special deal, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a “Heroes” point-of-sale poster for a minimum $1 donation. This poster will be displayed all month to commemorate your generosity. Be sure to dine at Pizza Hut this month! http://bit.ly/1164ghw

HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES

We are so glad to apart of Holiday Mail for Heroes. The people in our office not only signed cards to soldiers but we also visited an elementary school and the second grade class helped us out with some cards. 
Here is how you can be apart of this great program! 
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.
Card Guidelines
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

-Denea Duran
Content Credit: http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes

American Red Cross Week

 

In honor of the first annual SERVPRO/ American Red Cross Golf Tournament on April 12, 2012, we thought that it would be fitting to dedicate this week of blogs to an organization that is always in the front line when it comes to disaster. This week we will highlight the wonderful services the Red Cross devotes both locally and abroad.
Founder: Clara Barton and a circle of acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired international Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross society and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.

To read more go to our new blog page: http://servprolexingtonsc.blogspot.com/

-Denea Duran

Tornado Season: Be Prepared

Though the Midwest and Southern states have been rocked by 13 deaths and several injuries caused by devastating storms, the weather forecast unmercifully projects further destruction will occur.

Around 5 a.m. in Harrisburg, Illinois, hurricane force winds swept over the town, lifting buildings off their foundations and shredding homes into pieces. Of the 33 tornadoes that reportedly made landfall, the storm responsible for the most extensive damage was believed to hold the second highest ranking in destruction potential (Category EF 4).  Authorities continue to search for victims, but severe weather is getting in the way of search and rescue.

The states affected so far– Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Though the most extreme events have been isolated to pockets of the Midwest, over 300 counts of severe weather have been reported. Weather activity in the last 36 hours include golf ball size hail and damaging thunderstorm winds gusting over 80 mph. In order to remain safe, pay close attention to weather advisory stations and take further precautions to be ready for a major event (see our preparedness tips below).

To help the victims of the most recent storms, please visit the Red Cross disaster relief page.

Also, to see what Red Cross is doing to support the survivors of the tornado visit their media page.

Lets see how we can all become ‘heroes’ for those in need! Contact your local RED CROSS!  **Central SC Chapter, Regional Chapter 2751 Bull Street (P.O. Box 91) Columbia, S.C. 29201 (29202) 803-540-1200**

HOW TO PREPARE

During a Tornado

If you are under a tornado warning, seek a secure shelter immediately!

If you are in: Then:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
  • Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Do not open windows.
A vehicle, trailer,  or mobile home Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelter
  • Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

We will continue to pray for the victims and survivors of this horrible tragedy.

-Denea Duran