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Red Cross Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop for the next few days, the American Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe and warm. Exposure to cold and snow can cause injury or serious illness, such as frostbite or hypothermia, and as temperatures drop, people may resort to alternative heat sources, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or fires. Red Cross offers the following tips on how to best care for yourself and your family when temperatures drop:

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Town by Town Donation Collection Locations

The following towns and sites have generously offered to serve as collection points for those wishing to donate non-perishable food, bottled water, clean blankets, batteries, flashlights and other emergency supplies to others still struggling in the aftermath of Sandy. Items will be distributed to people residing in that town. You may also drop off any of these items at United Way or the Gemma Moran United Way Labor Food Center.

Local Businesses "Challenge" Community to Match Donations to United Way Relief Efforts

The New London law firm of Faulkner & Graves, P.C. has made a donation of $500.00 to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The contribution matches an earlier gift of $500.00 from the Waterford Hotel Group that kicked off the effort.

The firm hopes to “challenge” others to contribute as well, in the form of financial contributions or non-perishable food items, bottled water, clean blankets, batteries, flashlights, and other supplies that are needed during this time.

In Wake of Sandy, How You Can Help - Donations of Food & Bottled Water Needed

When residents struggled with power outages, major closings, and limited services when Hurricane Sandy struck, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut assessed available resources and items that are most in need at this time.

As a result, United Way is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items and bottled water. Although United Way was initially collecting clean blankets, batteries and flashlights in the immediate aftermath of Sandy, the focus has now shifted to food and water. There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:

United Way Announces New London County Fund to End Homelessness

Under the leadership of State Senator Andrew Maynard, New London County has received a state grant of $250,000 to support efforts to prevent homelessness of families and to re-house homeless families and single adults. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will serve as the grantee, working in close cooperation with local providers of service to the homeless.NLC Fund to End Homelessness Launch

Help Feed a Family This Thanksgiving

To celebrate the holiday and help provide a nutritious meal on Thanksgiving, The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center is seeking donations for children, families, and individuals in our community struggling with hunger. In addition to turkeys, the Food Center welcomes donations of stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and canned meat and soups.

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