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SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter accepted a very generous donation of $185 from a boy from Florence to support disaster relief efforts in the South following devastating floods, tornadoes and spring storms. Simon Dostal was moved when he saw images of the devastation that followed a series of tornadoes that caused extensive damage and loss of lives throughout several of our southern states. As his birthday was approaching he told his parents that he would like to donate his birthday money to try to help the people affected by the storms. On May 9, Simon presented a donation of $185 to Paige Thayer, deputy director of chapter support for the Pioneer Valley Chapter to be sent to help support Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Simon was joined by his sister Lucia Dostal and his mother Elena Ciampa when he delivered his gift and to learn more about how the Red Cross is helping. "This is such a special donation," Thayer said. "Simon celebrated his sixth birthday with a special focus on those in need. He told me he saw pictures of some of the damage and thought that he could try to help. We are very grateful for this special gift." All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money. You can help people affected by disasters like the disaster relief efforts by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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