Erie Insurance gives back to our community with comfort kits

imageOn March 5, Antoinette Johnson’s Charlotte home went up in flames.

Scared and shaking, she sat in a Red Cross vehicle, providing information for the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team captain – how many people were living in the house? Did they have anywhere to go? Had they lost any medication?

As tears ran down her face, Johnson told the volunteer that she was worried about where she and her daughter would sleep that night.

Another volunteer reached for a Red Cross comfort kit and handed it to Johnson.

“Here you go, ma’am,” the volunteer said. “This has all your toiletries, so you don’t have to worry about that.”

Johnson looked at the volunteer and smiled. “Thank you so much. You have no idea how much it means to me that you’re here.”

Red Cross comfort kits are meant for just that – comfort. When families lose their home to a fire or other disaster, the Red Cross can give them one less thing to worry about by providing a kit with a toothbrush, soap and other basic necessities.

Erie Insurance, based in Erie, Pa., has an agreement with the American Red Cross that their 18 offices in the eastern United States will assemble comfort kits for the local chapter.

Dan Pierson, a supervisor at the Charlotte office, said it’s easy to set aside one week a year to help the Red Cross.

“It’s a way for our employees to give back to the local community,” he said.

Rick Schou, director of the Red Cross Emergency Services, noted it’s people like Erie Insurance employees that help the Red Cross continue its mission.

“We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to the men and women who volunteer their time to help our organization,” Schou said. “These kits really do make a difference in the lives of people who live right here in Charlotte.”

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