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Morning Sun
  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Iota Theta Chapter provides support to disaster victims

  • Iota Theta Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, has become the first community group in Bourbon or Crawford County to sponsor a Red Cross stuffed animal designed to provide comfort to children and funding for family support after a single family fire or other natural or man-made emergency.

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  • Iota Theta Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, has become the first community group in Bourbon or Crawford County to sponsor a Red Cross stuffed animal designed to provide comfort to children and funding for family support after a single family fire or other natural or man-made emergency.
    Sally Naylor, sorority president, and Terri Huelat, treasurer, presented Pam Gilchrist, Red Cross service center manager and fellow sorority member, with a check during the valentine social Wednesday to sponsor the purchase of “Piper the Puppy.”
    “We donate to local charities, and this is one we haven’t donated to before,” Naylor said. “Pam knows so much about the Red Cross and shared her knowledge with us.”
    Huelat said the donation fit well with the chapter’s desire to be compassionate to those in need.
    “Besides, Piper is so cute,” she added.
    Gilchrist said that the Red Cross has a devoted group of volunteers in both Bourbon and Crawford Counties, led by Janet Pittman.
    Patty Magee, Susan Davis and Arlene Cathey are the experienced trained volunteers for Bourbon  County. Those recently trained to assist in single family fires are Hershell and Carol Jean George of Uniontown, Don Book of Girard, Loretta Parkison of Frontenac and Russell Taylor of Pittsburg.
    “They are trained to respond to families in need after a disaster by providing the families the necessities of life when they are left with little or nothing from their home,” Gilchrist said.
    Pittman, who has been helping in Crawford County for more than three years, said that families suffering a loss after destruction of even part of their home need a listening and caring ear and someone to give them immediate help to start recovery from their losses.
    “When I get a hug of thanks for helping after a fire, it is really a big hug for all who support the Red Cross,” Pittman said.
    That support is vitally needed.
    “A few nights in a motel, a change of clothes, referrals, money for food or even a bed and bedding are items that may be needed, and the costs for a family can be large,” Gilchrist said. “We look for ways to underwrite the costs of assisting, and ‘Piper the Puppy’ is one approach. The puppy has a patch on his foot where the name of the donor organization is recorded before Piper is given to a child, so he serves as a great reminder to the family of the organization which partially sponsored their aid."
    Gilchrist said that anyone interested in becoming trained to assist after a disaster, or organizations wanting to learn more about Piper or the Red Cross, may contact her at the Red Cross office, 235-1436.
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