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Community Supports Red Cross by "Driving Fore Disaster"

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Disaster doesn't discriminate.

"It could happen to anybody no matter where you live," said Jennifer Sopko of the Erie chapter of the American Red Cross. "Fire, tornado, flooding, no matter where you live anything could happen to anybody so it's nice to see everybody come together."

Erie businesses showed their support by signing up for the annual "Driving Fore Disaster" golf tournament at Peek 'N Peak's Upper Course.

This year the Red Cross faces a greater need in the wake of severe weather, like the tornado that ripped through Union City.

"With the recent storms that we've had especially with Union City and the flooding that we've had... it's really nice to pull in those extra donations from corporate sponsors and individuals to really be able to provide the kind of relief that those victims need," said Sopko. 

"I've seen some houses that as far as I was concerned weren't even livable, but people were still staying in them," said Red Cross volunteer Paul Wishnok, who responded after the tornado struck Union City

Several emergency response vehicles were on the scene after the destruction in Union city. The thousands raised at the golf tournament will help keep the trucks on the road, bringing food, supplies, and hope to disaster victims in our area.

"When we did mobile feedings that's what we did the mobile feedings with," said Sopko. "We can have people set up with nurses inside treating people, so it can be used really any way it needs to be used in an emergency type situation."

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the community to keep up their good work, and this year golfers drove, chipped and putted their way to nearly $8,000 for the cause.

"A lot of what we rely on comes from the community so it's really important for people to support our local disaster relief efforts," said Sopko. 

Wishnok was grateful for the response to the tournament. "Erie so far has been very good to our chapter and our chapter really goes out of it way to give back to our community."

You can be a part of the Red Cross, too. Donating is quick and easy, just click here.

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