Red Cross regions merge

Fox River chapter merges with Greater Chicago chapter
Kane County—This week, the Fox River Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors approved the merger of the Fox River Chapter into the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Chapter, effective January 1, 2010. The Fox River Chapter office will remain open as the Kane County Community Center for the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross is about to take an exciting step forward in our effort to increase our region’s capacity to respond to disasters and fulfill our mission in the Kane County area,” said Fran Maher, CEO, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “Our office in St. Charles will remain open, fully staffed and committed to expanding American Red Cross services to prepare for, prevent and respond to disasters throughout Kane County.”

“The merger is a win/win for both chapters, and for the American Red Cross,” said Jim Powell, Chairman of the Board, Fox River Chapter. “By centralizing our administrative functions in the Greater Chicago chapter, we will be able to create greater efficiencies and apply the savings to address our citizens’ critical needs.”

When a disaster threatens or strikes Kane County, the Red Cross provides food, shelter, and clothing to address basic human needs. The American Red Cross also provides training courses such as first aid, CPR/AED, babysitter safety, water safety and disaster preparedness education to help people live safer and healthier lives. The American Red Cross hosts blood drives in the region, as well. These services will continue and are expected to expand when the merger occurs.

The American Red Cross relies on the generous support of Kane County and elsewhere in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide services. You can give by visiting www.chicagoredcross.org/donate.