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$40,000 Raised for Haitian Earthquake Victims

Employee volunteers, known as SEPTA Ambassadors, held out Red Cross collection cans as they asked riders for monetary donations to be used to help the 3 million Haitian people devastated by the worst earthquake in 200 years.

The campaign, which was organized with the assistance and support of FOX29 and Greater Media Philadelphia radio stations, was a huge success.  During the January 19, 2010 event, SEPTA riders contributed coins, cash and checks totaling $40,016.38.

The employee volunteers, wearing shirts emblazoned with the SEPTA Ambassador logo, were out in force during the morning and evening rush hours at four major transit commuter centers:

69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, PA where 11,479.62 was collected.

Suburban Station at 15th and J.F.K. in Philadelphia where $14,200.82 was collected.

Market East Station 11th and Market Streets in Philadelphia where $7,687.61 was collected.

Frankford Transportation Center, Bridge Street & Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia where $6,498.33 was collected.

Lynn Downing, an ambassador who works in SEPTA's Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Department said, "Many people were giving not just dollars bills, they were giving multiples of dollars and making commitments to donate more later."

Another employee volunteer, Dolores Talbert, who works in the Public & Operational Safety Division, remarked, "We've received a great response. In fact customers were thanking me for being there to take their donations."

All funds collected were turned over to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

GM Joe Casey and representatives from Cricket Communications, SEPTA Ambassadors, the American Red Cross, and Fox 29 collect donations at Market East Station.

SEPTA Ambassador Lynn Downing accepts a donation from a generous rider.

Riders, like the one shown, thanked voulunteer Dolores Talbert for the opportunity to help Haiti.