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American Red Cross and Nationwide Insurance Team Up to Help Area Fire Victims


Lynchburg, VA - The local Red Cross Chapter kicked off its Hope is Fireproof Campaign back in February to raise money to support local fire victims.

Nationwide Insurance's Lynchburg office collected $1,097.25 for the American Red Cross.

Also, Nationwide's Foundation has awarded the Historic Virginia Chapter a grant of $10,000 to assist with local programming.

Since last October, the American Red Cross has responded to over 160 house fires and provided immediate shelter, clothing, food, and emotional support to nearly 1,000 individuals in the community, including a Nationwide associate who lost everything in a fire.

The cost to provide this direct assistance to victims of these home fires is $250,000, exceeding projections or past averages.

Nationwide's leadership team decided to introduce a casual jeans day in order to do a little something extra to support this worthwhile campaign on top of our other fundraising during this time of year for the American Red Cross.  

"Our local work is supported 100% by local donations, and the donations stay here. Nationwide has taken the corporate lead in Region 2000 by supporting us in providing relief for our community during this tough winter, including their employees." said Nathan Wittkamp, Executive Director, Historic Virginia Chapter.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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