ANDALUSIA, Ala. — With summertime here and hurricane season upon us, the Covington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is kicking off its new Summer Disaster Campaign: The $50 Challenge.

This campaign seeks to get every business and individual that can in Covington County to donate $50 this summer to the Covington County Chapter of the American Red Cross so chapter workers and volunteers can continue to prepare for and respond to whatever disaster comes our way.

“Summer disasters are typically associated with hurricanes,” says Jeffery Biggs, executive director of the Covington County Chapter. “Those are the big ones, the ones everyone notices. What people don’t realize is that during the summer, house fires continue, floods happen, and people still need help.

“You can help! Your business can help! When you donate $50 to the Covington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, we can provide food for four people for a week to eat, the means to get new clothing, and so much more,” Biggs continues. “The Red Cross can also get the supplies needed to take care of our communities when a major disaster strikes. If everyone gave just a little, we could do so much in our community.”

The Summer Disaster Campaign: The $50 Challenge is tax deductible as allowed by law, and all proceeds stay right here in the local communities.

“Please give,” Biggs said. “I understand these are difficult economic times for many, but every dollar helps. Think about this – the next disaster could happen to you, and it could happen at any time. Won’t it be comforting to know that someone will be there to help you start picking up the pieces and rebuilding your life?”