Kolcraft Joins the Red Cross in Providing Tornado Disaster Relief

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Jill and Paul Comardo loading up baby products for Red Cross relief efforts

We have all seen the devastating photos of the tornado damage throughout the Southern United States. People have literally been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs. That means families have no food, shelter or even the priceless things that can’t be replaced like wedding albums, photos of their children, etc. While we can’t replace photos, Kolcraft has eased the burdens of families with children by donating skids of strollers and bassinets.

Kolcraft’s tornado relief efforts began with Paul Comardo, Quality Manager of our NC Plant. His wife, Jill, has been a Red Cross volunteer since 1995. She has volunteered her services responding to many disasters including floods in North and South Dakota and Georgia, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, a 6 week stint in NYC during the 9/11 terrorist disaster plus responding to local home fires and such as the need arises . Her training and experience qualifies her as a Disaster Services Supervisor.

Jill and Paul brainstormed on ways that Kolcraft could help the families who had been impacted by the tornado.  Kolcraft’s president, Tom Koltun, generously donated baby products that were loaded into a truck and brought to Fayetteville where there was a combined donation event between the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way.

There was immense gratitude from the volunteers and Kolcraft was happy to be part of the relief efforts.

It was very gratifying to help and my wife and I appreciate Tom Koltun’s generosity very much. It’s nice to know you work for a company that cares. – Paul Camardo, Kolcraft employee

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross to help the victims of the tornado, you can find more information here.

Baby strollers and bassinets waiting to be loaded into the truck

14 Responses to “Kolcraft Joins the Red Cross in Providing Tornado Disaster Relief”

  1. Christy Newell May 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Wow…you guys are amazing!

  2. MichelleH May 11, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Thank you Christy. Giving back to the community is a core value at Kolcraft.
    Thanks for being a Kolcraft fan.

  3. Curt August 13, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    It only takes a few people to make a huge difference to those in need… Incredible work!

  4. Alex August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I’ve been reading about tornados and the damage they can cause the past few days. Frightening how you can lose everything in just a few minutes of mayhem. Always great to see people like Kolcraft helping out.

  5. Colin September 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    This post made me wonder why I haven’t heard anything about the Red Cross here in Vermont now that we are the ones in need. This hurricane and flood have wrought incredible damage to the infrastructure of our little mountain state.
    Luckily we have a can do attitude and don’t expect anything from the Federal government.

  6. Sandy September 5, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Im sure the parents were extremely grateful for the generosity of Kolcraft and for the Comardo family bring the idea to the president. Our government cant always fully meet the needs of the citizens, and sometimes we need to rely on one another.

  7. Tom September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Great job Paul and Jill! Community driven charity always warms my heart, and I think it shows that we don’t always need a big government program to make sure the right things get done. Kudos to both of you.

    FYI – I think the big photo at the top is breaking the CSS of your blog. If you resize it to smaller it might get the content back to center.

  8. Ulises From Skin Lightening Center October 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    You guys are doing an amazing job. God is watching.

    God Bless You

  9. Jamie R. February 7, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Great work, Paul and Jill! It’s people like you who make the world a better place to live in. God bless your big hearts! 🙂

    Jamie R.
    White Space International

  10. MichelleH February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    We agree Jamie!

  11. Kenneth Yu February 15, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    It’s really great to know that there are people with big hearts like Paul, Jill, and those at the helm of Kolcraft – helping people when and where it is needed the most. Values exemplified by these wonderful people should be taught and emphasized early to our children so that this helpfulness will continue to spread and be felt by those in need.

    Kenneth Yu
    Spur Press
    A Malaysian SEO Company

  12. Mac P August 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I grew up in Kansas City ans as child (and adult) witnessed firsthand the power and devastation that a tornado can bring.

  13. Carmen February 21, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    This is amazing! It’s always so good when this kind of support is given and these little action steps can help tons of people in the community. One big hurrah for Kolcraft!


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