Red Cross dedicates Liberty office

November 20, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The Liberty branch of the Central Kentucky Red Cross Chapter was officially opened with ceremonies Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.

The office will be open three days a week to allow Casey County residents more convenient access to Red Cross services said Ruth Ann Phillips, executive director of the central Kentucky chapter.

"We're in the process of forming disaster action teams to help with major disasters and single-family fires," she said. "We also hope to make health and safety programs available to businesses and individuals in Casey County."

Sharon Scott is the volunteer coordinator in the county. The four Casey County board members are Brenda Carmicle, Sue Griffin, Christy Morgan and Char Hecht.


Representatives of the city, Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce and the Red Cross chapter were on hand to cut a bright red ribbon to signify the opening of the local office.

Mayor Steve Sweeney said he is pleased to have the Red Cross in the county. "It will be a tremendous help to us. We hope to improve on our help for local people."

He said the city will make a plea soon for funds on behalf of Casey County Community Ministries. This will ease the burden on Community Ministries, he said.

Emanuel Gray, chairman of the central Kentucky chapter board, expressed appreciation to the city for allowing a Red Cross office to be in the new City Hall. "If you need service, we're here for you," he said.

A special presentation was made to a delegation representing Columbia Gas Transmission Station in Casey County. "It's nice to have a major donor, one that's consistent and always a help. We appreciate it," said Phillips.

Phillips said Columbia Gas contributes $2,500 annually to the Red Cross chapter. The money is placed in reserve for Casey County to help pay for disaster work here.

"This is the time of year that we get calls. When folks fire up the stoves sometimes causes fires leaving people with no food, clothing and shelter," said Phillips.

Columbia Gas also supports Red Cross by training works as disaster volunteers. "There is a great need here," she said.

Phillips presented Columbia Gas a certificate of membership in the Clara Barton Society, the highest honor given by Red Cross.

Mike Bastin, Steve Allen, Danny Clements, Mike Sprowles and Lucille Lester accepted the certificate.

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