C.A.R.S. Begins Annual Drive

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

September 17, 2007

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad needs your help in more than one way.

C.A.R.S. just kicked off their annual fund campaign and they are hoping that members of the community will lend a hand, and a few dollars, to help them continue many more years of success.

They hope to raise $350,000 by the end of the year.

C.A.R.S. President, Larry Claytor, said the money from donations allows the rescue squad to continue their daily operations.

The rescue squad answered over 13,000 calls in 2006 and every single emergency response was free of charge.

Money raised helps the squad stay up the date with the latest trends in EMS, including new life-saving equipment.

“We are constantly reviewing the medical literature that's out there at that supports good outcomes in pre-hospital care,” said C.A.R.S. Volunteer, Anthony Judkins.

C.A.R.S. volunteers work around the clock, not only giving their time but their talents.

Claytor said, “They are from all walks of life. They are your friends, they are your neighbors, and they are here because they want to help.”

The rescue squad has been around for almost 50 years, and they are hoping that with the communities help they can continue to be a vital public service.

“It’s really nice to try and take care of your own, try to provide for them the best care that you can, they are here for us, we'll be here for them,” said Judkins.

If you are interested in donating either time or money, please go to the news links section of this website for more information.

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