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Local Red Cross chapter changes name

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Change will reflect recent expansion

Jennifer Adrio, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Kentuckiana Region is pleased to announce a name change for the Nelson County Chapter.  Effective immediately, the chapter will be known as the “Heart of Kentucky” Chapter. Adrio explained “Changing the name of the Nelson County Chapter will allow us to better identify the local service area to the communities we serve, which is comprised of Marion, Nelson and Washington counties.”  The name change will be incorporated into local marketing and outreach materials.  For more information, please contact Susan B. Hardin, Chapter Executive, American Red Cross, 312 South Third, Bardstown, KY 40004.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

In the past year, the Heart of Kentucky Chapter, which oversees Marion, Nelson and Washington counties, responded to 43 emergencies, assisted 12 military families and trained 386 people in lifesaving skills; people from these counties also donated 4,850 units of blood.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.