By B.J. Drye, Editor
CNHI News Service
Friday, April 19, 2013 —
The numbers came together Wednesday.
First, three donations of $26.20 that morning.
Donations of $2.60, $26.20 and even $262.00 poured in that night.
The run/walk consisted of 2.62 miles, small in comparison to the 26.2 miles in a marathon. But this event wasn’t about competition, it was about giving.
The community came together to raise funds for the American Red Cross in response to the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.
Donations were accepted for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Red Cross used 450 pints of blood Tuesday, according to Peter Asciutto of Albemarle, who is state representative for the Road Runners Club of America and organizer of the Stanly County event.
“The Road Runners Club of America suggested that this would be a great organization to give to,” he said.
American Red Cross Programs Support Special-ist Sabrina Patterson reported that 100 units of blood were sent to Boston from the Carolinas region as of Tuesday.
“Our blood supply is stable, but we expect to send more blood to Boston,” she said.
“Tragedies like this put into perspective how important it is to donate blood. Visit www.redcrossblood. org to schedule an appointment at a local drive.”
Asciutto said “it’s a good thing for the runners to get together” for this cause.
Get together they did. More than 200 runners turned out Wednesday night at the Stanly County YMCA to begin the course and dig into their pockets.
“The only way terrorism wins is if you alter your life because of it,” he said.
“Red Cross needs money for when disaster strikes.”
More than $3,000 was raised in an event which took only around 26 hours to plan via outlets such as thesnaponline.com, Twitter and Facebook.
“Tonight’s incredible response from the local running community to the tragedy in Boston is a testament that more good exists in this world over evil,” Asciutto said.
“People brought in donations that are significant to runners. Donations ranged from $262.00 and $131.00 at the high end to kids getting change from their piggy banks and dropping $2.62 in the American Red Cross can.
“It was also wonderful to see local runners that have run Boston out for the run. Lee Allen, Bill Josey, Sharon Davis, Joe Korzelius, Rick Johnson (with his bum knee) and Derek Blalock ran tonight. They are all Boston Marathon finishers.”
For more information on ways to contribute, contact Vac & Dash at (704) 983-3274 or the American Red Cross, 243 W. Main St., Albemarle, at (704) 982-0070.
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