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June 18, 1997 - Image 9

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1997-06-18

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Wednesday, June 18, 1997 - The Michigan Daily - 9
Red Cross, stores In fll b'o'
aid disaster victims i i


!! Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
In a show of concern for disaster vic-
tims, are merchants donated last week-
end's profits to aid victims in their time
of need.
e Washtenaw County American
Red Cross, in sponsoring its first-ever
"Benefit Days Weekend," solicited the
support of eight local businesses.
Trista Czapski, public-relations spe-
cialist for the Washtenaw County
American Red
Cross, said the
Red Cross When
wanted to seek
md4itional fund- needs he
in for its
ster Relief nothing to
Fund and
inform the com- ba kgroum
munity of its
help programs.
"Washtenaw Charisma Hair
County Red
Cross reaches over 100,000 families
per year with a wide range of services,"
Czapski said. "These include helping
pe le who are unable to pay to heat
homes, providing free shelter,
food and clothing to fire victims and
giving messages to family members in
cases of emergency.
"We want to maintain or increase
these services and to do so we always try
to keep our disaster fund growing,"
Czapski said.
Roberta Schrope, president of
Kitchen Port, Inc. was eager to con-
tribute 5 percent of gross sales and to
dte some other merchandise.
''I feel very strongly about doing this
this, with the floods this has been a very
trying year (for the Red Cross),"


Schrope said. "The Red Cross is there
and helps people without lots of fanfare;
it's sad many people need a tragedy
before they find this out."
Jim Asztalos, owner of Charisma Hair
and Skin Care Professionals, said that he
makes a practice of donating to the Red
Cross and other charitable organizations.
He pledged 20 percent of his week-
end profits. "In Washington, everyone's
playing political games while people are
suffering in the Dakotas," Asztalos said.
"It's been private
individuals and
someone the Red Cross
who have been
p it has most supportive:'
Asztalos also
do with appreciates that
* ~ the Red Cross
WU O , gives its assis-
i Atance without
Jim A sztalos giving preferen-
and Skin Care tial treatment.
"When some-
one needs help it has nothing to do with
background, (the Red Cross) just gives
it," Asztalos said.
The Red Cross is planning to make
Benefit Days Weekend an annual event.
"This year, it was a spur of the
moment thing, we contacted many busi-
nesses too late in the year, when their
charitable commitments had already
been made," Czapski said. "In the future,
we'd like to try to expand and get (plan-
ning) started sooner."
Czapski added that students also have
incentive to help: they may need to turn
to Red Cross themselves one day.
"Our international services help stu-
dents contact family members overseas
in cases of emergency or welfare,"
Czapski said.

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