Pine Tree Chapter Of Red Cross Wins King Size Grant 

The Pine tree Chapter of the Red Cross has won a much needed grant to help with their disaster response services. The Stephen and Tabitha King foundation has awarded them a $150,000 grant.The Pine Tree Chapter receives no money from the national office of the Red Cross or the federal or state government. They’re funded entirely by doantions and grants from foundations like the King’s.$25,000 of the grant will go directly to disaster relief funding, the rest of the money will be spread out between the other services they provide, including services provided to active military personnel and their families. “For our troops either deployed stateside or overseas,” says Shannon Flavin Cox Executive Director of the Pine Tree Chapter, “in order for them to be able to communicate to their family members in the event of an emergency, that communication has to be passed through the Red Cross, so we provide that service and we also provide emergency military loans to military families who are in need.”The Pine Tree chapter also provides health and safety training to around 12,000 people in Maine free of charge.