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Richmond Area Red Cross Ends Drive Short Of Goal

RICHMOND, KY -- The Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross has ended its annual fundraising campaign after reaching just over half of its $30,000 goal, reports The Richmond Register in its Sunday edition.

Last year, the chapter raised $27,000 during its spring campaign, said Dwayne Edwards, the chapter’s interim director. Despite the shortfall, the chapter has enough money to continue operations for the short term in the seven counties it serves, Edwards said.

“Our board of directors will be meeting soon to chart the path forward,” he said. “We’re fortunate that revenue from our training classes is up by more than $5,000 this year,” he said. “That won’t make up for the fundraising shortfall, but it will help.”

On a positive note, Edwards said the added interest in the Red Cross training shows the Madison County community recognizes the value of Red Cross programs.

“Much of what success the campaign did realize can be attributed to three Eastern Kentucky university student interns,” Edwards said.

Each of them was obligated to get involved in volunteer work, but all three did much more than was required of them, he said. Intern Lisa Parsons of Berea served as campaign coordinator, while Leah Banks and Jamilay Childs were campaign captains.

All are non-traditional university students. Childs is a U.S. Navy veteran.
“The energy and creativity these three women devoted to our campaign was exceptional,” Edwards said. The largest single source of donations, about $3,400, was collection canisters at the Richmond Walmart, Parsons said.

The Telecom Pioneers, a group of AT&T employees involved in community service donated $1,500 designated for disaster relief.
The students of Clark-Moores and Foley middle schools raised nearly $2,400 in a competitive effort.

Foley, where Parsons’ son is a student edged out Clark-Moores $1,216 to $1,173. A “Silver Coin Campaign” by the Junior Beta Club of Waco Elementary raised $775 from students and teachers at the school.

“The enthusiasm for the Red Cross shown by local students from the college to the elementary school level, I think, bodes well for the future of this chapter,” Edwards said.

Edwards told The Richmond Register the chapter’s board of directors will begin interviewing finalists for permanent director next week and expects to name the successful candidate by the end of the month.

The Richmond Register
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