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November 08, 2017

In the last ten weeks, the American Red Cross launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And most recently, the Red Cross began supporting thousands of people affected by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history.

California Wildfires

• The Red Cross, community and government partners have provided more than 27,900 overnight stays in emergency shelters.

• With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 181,400 meals and snacks, and provided more than 14,200 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• The Red Cross has distributed more than 142,400 emergency relief items such as masks, gloves, rakes, trash bags and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items to people in need.

• To help people recover and get back on their feet, the Red Cross has opened more than 1,900 cases, reaching more than 4,700 Californians.

• More than 260 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground now.

Hurricane Response Efforts (Harvey, Irma and Maria)

• In the last ten weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided nearly 1.3 million (1,296,800) overnight stays in emergency shelters. That’s more overnight shelter stays than the past 5 years combined. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes—

For Harvey, more than 414,800 overnight shelter stays in Texas and Louisiana.

For Irma, more than 555,200 overnight shelter stays across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For Maria, more than 326,700 overnight stays in primarily government shelters across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 9.7 million (9,763,800) meals and snacks—that’s more food than the past 4 years combined.

• The Red Cross has distributed more than 5.8 million (5,802,900) emergency relief items to people in need.

• Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 202,800 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• A total of more than 16,400 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts. Many of these workers have supported multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times.

• Right now, more than 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground. More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria (Puerto Rico and USVI)

• In Puerto Rico, more than 2,400 people stayed Tuesday night in 61 government evacuation shelters.

• On the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than 90 people stayed Tuesday night in 4 shelters.

• More than 820 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands now.

• Along with our partners, the Red Cross has served more than 3.6 million (3,623,300) meals and snacks across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• We’ve distributed 3 million (3,068,000) relief items across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 22,900 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

• Since Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Red Cross has served more than 3.5 million (3,541,700) meals and snacks, distributed more than 2.5 million (2,523,300) relief supplies, and provided more than 17,600 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, nearly 700 Red Cross disaster workers are helping.

• Since Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Red Cross has served more than 81,600 meals and snacks, handed out more than 544,600 relief items, and provided more than 5,300 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, nearly 150 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping.

• More than 30 Red Cross disaster responders from around the globe deployed to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help deliver aid. These responders came from Red Cross societies in Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Mexico, Spain, and from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

accesso, one of The Community Seal's earliest Founding Members, provides cutting edge queuing and ticketing technology solutions to theme parks and attractions worldwide. accesso’s CEO, Steve Brown, and its largest office with almost 150 employees are based in Lake Mary.

accesso is a great place to work in large part because of their commitment to their employees and support of what is important to them, including giving back to the community. Every employee is given 8 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer, and they organize group volunteer project each month. They recently had 25 volunteers at Harvest Time International, which benefits families in need across the globe. They moved furniture, sorted bedding and organized office supplies -- with smiles on their faces because they knew they were helping over 10,000 families.

accesso is truly a Central Florida leader in giving back and social responsibility. Stay tuned for more stories from accesso and the causes they support.

Starting in August, try that restaurant you've been hearing about, enjoy a great price, and give back at the same time! Everyone benefits, thanks to Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month. The menus have been posted on VisitOrlando.com/MagicalDining. From Aug. 25-Oct. 1, more than 100 Orlando-area restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe meals for $35 per person. One dollar from each meal will benefit two nonprofits this year -- Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation.

Freedom Ride makes therapeutic horse rides possible for children and adults with disabilities. The BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation provides support and programs for children and families who are living with cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses. Some of the fabulous restaurants include: Amatista Cookhouse, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar in Maitland, Paddlefish at Disney Springs, The Smiling Bison in Sanford, and Urbain 40 on Sand Lake Rd.

Magical Dining Month is a great way to do good while eating really, really good (or is it well?)!

There are many ways to give back and raise money for a good cause, but if you can do it while having a great time, why not?!. Gala Season is coming soon, so if you enjoy a good party and want to give back, make your plans to attend a gala or fundraiser this Fall.

Go to the gala for your favorite charity or choose them based on the party theme, food, or entertainment. In September, Kids Beating Cancer holds its Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball; Bridges of Light hosts its Players Ball; and Give Kids the World hosts its 29th Black and White Gala. In October, there is the Roaring 20's Masquerade Ball benefiting Shepherd's Hope, the Happy Days Soiree for Daves House, and the 21st Tales and Tails Gala for Canine Companions for Independence, to name a few. For sugar and fashion lovers, there is the edible coutoure Sugar Art Fashion Show on October 13th for the Second Harvest Food Bank -- a sweet cause!

If you can't make it to the party, be sure to enclose a check with your regrets. And don't miss it next year!

Since 2001, CECO has been providing hope for families that have been searching for the place where the impossible IS possible. CECO offers a special needs school day kindergarten through 12th grade, summer camp, early intervention ages 6 months to 4 years old and walking challenge program.

Conductive Education is a unique, holistic educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence through physical and cognitive activities.

We welcome families and our community friends to stop by and tour our facility...see how hard the children work on a daily basis to obtain their greatest potential.

CECO has successful partnerships with many corporations and businesses and extends their thanks to two of their recent supporters

Grant from the Universal Foundation

Our most sincere thanks goes out to the Universal Orlando Foundation, an organization whose mission is to make a positive impact in Central Florida. Their $20,000 grant will certainly make a positive impact here at CECO! Thank you for helping us transform lives.

New Bike Donated by Variety Florida

A very special thanks to Variety Florida Children's Charity for donating a Freedom Concepts bicycle! Our students love the extra opportunity to be active and enjoy the fresh air. We are grateful for their contribution!

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