Gander's Red Cross depot staying put, for now

Gander's Red Cross depot staying put, for now

A Canadian Red Cross depot — and the health equipment lending program that runs out of the centre — won't be leaving its Gander location this month after all, or at least for now.

The group will continue to operate out of its Rowe Avenue depot come April 1, but it will still look for ways to save money, according to Rhonda Kenney, the provincial director of the Red Cross.

The depot was slated to close at the end of March.

"We're going to continue to operate [in Gander] while looking at sustainability, certainly, from a financial and a quality perspective," she told the Central Morning Show on Monday.

She said the group had good discussions with volunteers over the weekend, and for now, it's "business as usual" in the Gander location.

In a news release on Monday afternoon, the Town of Gander applauded the decision. It said the equipment program would have moved to another community.

"Council feels the Canadian Red Cross program should remain based in Gander and is pleased with the latest decision to keep the depot open," the town said in a statement.

Health equipment like crutches and wheelchairs are distributed in the Gander depot.

Because many of central Newfoundland's orthopedic surgeries are done in Gander, the town council called it a "vital service" for the area.