July 25, 2016

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American Red Cross offers ways to help

Many people tell us they would like to help the local Red Cross, but don’t have a lot of time or money to give. During the coming weeks, there are many ways you can help yourself while you help the Red Cross:

Breakfast with Santa
The chapter is partnering with Medina Applebee’s Restaurant at 4115 Pearl Road on Dec. 8, and Brunswick Applebee’s at 1421 Town Center Blvd. on Dec. 15 to host “Breakfast with Santa.” The event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at each location.

The event will feature breakfast, crafts, picture-taking, goody bags and, of course, a special appearance by Santa Claus, delivered to the restaurant on the emergency response vehicle. Tickets are $6 for all children 12 and younger and $9 for adults at the American Red Cross, 704 N. Court St. Medina.

Car Donation Program
Your car can be priceless when given to the American Red Cross of Medina County as part of the chapter’s reinstated Car Donation Program. With the support of Shue’s Towing Service of Sharon Township, this program helps your local Red Cross chapter to fund programs such as Disaster Services and Armed Forces Emergency Services.

If you live in Medina County and have a running or non-running, used, unwanted car, truck or van and don’t want the hassle of selling the vehicle yourself, just call the American Red Cross of Medina County. As the donor, you receive a tax letter good for the full value allowed by law.

Entertainment Books
There are thousands of dollars in local savings in every 2008 Entertainment Book. Save up to 50 percent and get two-for-one deals at top shops, restaurants, attractions, sporting events and more by buying this year’s Entertainment Book from the American Red Cross of Medina County. Akron books cost $30, and Cleveland books cost $25. The books contain discounts on fine and informal dining, theaters, recreational activities life golf, sports events, home, garden and auto, and national values on rental cars, resorts, and airlines.

By purchasing your book from your local Red Cross, you are helping local families bounce back after a house fire, flood or other disaster. The books are available at the American Red Cross at 704 N. Court St., Medina; Seville Flower and Gift at 4 E. Main St., Seville; and The Beauty Parlour at 711 Lafayette Road, Medina.

Disaster candles
You can earn money for your sports team or youth organization by partnering with our chapter. Buy a case of 12 disaster candles from the Red Cross, sell each candle for $7.95 and make $48 per case. Your customers will love this white, open-mouth bottle candle that stands 6½ inches tall. The “Spirit of America” candle gives the home a glowing warmth with its vintage Howard Chandler Christy’s 1919 illustration. It is made by our own local Root Candles and is designed to burn as long as five days.

First Aid products
Make sure your family and even your pets are safe by purchasing the Pet First Aid Kit for $20, the Pet First Aid Book for $13, the Deluxe Family First Aid Kit for $25, the Babysitter’s Backpack for $16, the Babysitter’s First Aid Kit for $10, a personal first aid kit for $12, and a keychain first aid kit for $5.

Chocolate Festival cookbooks
For only $5, you can purchase a cookbook that features award-winning recipes from our Decadent Chocolate Dessert Contest and Children’s Chocolate Cookie Contest over the years. It’s a great stocking stuffer for your friends and family members who love to bake and who love chocolate.

For more information, call the Medina County chapter at 330-723-4565 or toll free at 877-441-4565. All proceeds help local families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Kilchenman may be reached at 330-723-4565.