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St. Joseph, MO (2009-12-23) An area Red Cross chapter got an advance, but it's also a challenge.
The Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross received a seven thousand dollar cash advance from the National Red Cross to help meet its budget.
The money will be used to help families with recovery from house fires and provide emergency service to military families in the Midland Empire.
The National Red Cross gave the advance with a challenge though.
The Midland Empire Chapter won't have to pay back any of the money if local citizens donate a matching amount through the chapter's website.
The idea is to encourage outside donations to make up ground compared to last year's numbers.
The Midland Empire Chapter has brought in thirty-three percent less in donations than last year.
To donate to the Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross visit red-cross-dash-st-joseph-dot-org. (www.redcross-stjoseph.org)
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