Ameriprise partners with Yates Red Cross

Christopher McNinch, a local Ameriprise financial advisor, is joining forces with the American Red Cross to collect toiletries and other basic necessities for Yates County residents in need. Throughout March, McNinch will accept donated items for both the Yates County Red Cross disaster relief effort and the Needs ‘n’ Things community toiletries pantry. Donated items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 9am-noon and 1–5pm at 130 Main Street, Penn Yan. “Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to supporting organizations that share our goal of improving lives and building strong communities,” explained McNinch. “I’m proud to play a role in supporting this worthwhile cause and I challenge our local community to respond with generous enthusiasm.” The Needs ‘n’ Things panty supplies local residents with toiletries and other necessities not covered by government assistance programs or at the Food Bank. Items most crucially needed include: dish soap, laundry soap, diapers (size 3 and up), baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, deodorant, razors and shaving cream. The pantry is unable to accept food or used items such as clothing, household appliances, or toys. The drive is scheduled for March, to coincide with Red Cross month. “Of course, the Red Cross supports the community throughout the year, 24/7,” said Yates County Red Cross Executive Director Carol Oswald. “Red Cross Month just brings attention to the ongoing need for donations.” “We feel it is important to take care of an organization that takes care of us during our must vulnerable times,” added McNinch, who also plans to match donated goods with a monetary contribution to the organization. For details about the drive, contact Carol Oswald at 315-536-6841 or visit yatesredcross.org. About the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit yatesredcross.org or contact us at 315-536-6841. About Ameriprise Financial Community RelationsAmeriprise Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 5,000 nonprofits across the country.

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