Fall River city employees hold marathon fundraiser for Harvey victims

September 13, 2017 by  

Representatives from the local Red Cross in Fall River recently received over $2,500 from workers at City Hall in four-day fundraising event to help the victims in Texas from Hurricane Harvey.

A clerk in the Inspectional Services Department, Brenda Beaudry, said that the building department and a few city employees worked with the AHA to raffle gift baskets and hold a sundae bar to raise money. The ice cream was donated by Somerset Creamery and Newport Creamery, the businesses donated the baskets, and everyone volunteered their time for the fundraiser.

The money raised was given to Janette Beal, a Disaster Action Team supervisor, and Mark Cook, the Red Cross Disaster Action Team captain for Bristol and Plymouth County. They had been to Texas to witness the devastation of the storm, seeing that some people left with only the clothes they were wearing. Both were overcome with emotion in talking about the storm.

The Fall River office of the Red Cross has trained 30 more people as volunteers to help with storm relief. Cook said at this point they will most likely be sent to Florida to assist those who will be affected by Hurricane Irma.

Flyers are often used to publicize events like these and attract large numbers of people to help out with fundraising efforts.