July 23, 2016

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Red Cross needs your help for disaster team

By Beth Kilchenman
American Red Cross

When a disaster threatens or strikes, dedicated volunteers in Medina County respond to the immediate needs of their neighbors.

This team of trained disaster workers is composed of people from all walks of life and all segments of the community, including young adults. They offer skills and bring their life experiences to help when needed.

The Medina County Chapter is looking for Disaster Action Team members. We can’t take care of local families who have suffered from house fires, floods or other calamities unless we have people who are trained and ready to help — people like you.

Because most local disasters are house fires, the team members respond to the scene of the fire after being called out by the incident commander. On their way to the scene, team members load up the emergency response vehicle (ERV) with refreshments for the family and for the emergency responders.

Once at the scene, volunteers bring the affected family on board the vehicle into a warm and safe environment where they can interview the family to determine their needs. Then we disperse vouchers for food, clothing and hotel rooms. Volunteer nurses and volunteer mental health professionals can also provide needed services.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of local families who have lost everything due to a disaster, contact Ron Hager, director of programs and services, at 330-723-4565, extension 117.

Chocolate memories

A big thank you goes out to all those who attended or who volunteered for the 11th annual “For the Love of Chocolate” festival on Feb. 2.

About 5,000 people attended the event, netting your local chapter about $40,000.

Thanks to our major sponsors: The J.M. Smucker Company, 620 Corporation, The Hoffman Group, RPM International, Westfield Bank, The Gazette, WKDD 98.1 FM, Lamar Advertising, Attorney Larry Courtney, Dorman-Farrell, FirstMerit Bank, Hershey Creamery, Michael E. Kovack and Lodi Outlets.

Most importantly, thanks to our 40 chocolatiers who each donated 900 samples plus a raffle item.

Many people from all over Ohio attend this festival, and we are proud to bring this fun event to the community.

Again, thanks for the memories and the critically needed support. All proceeds will help Medina County families prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies.

Kilchenman may be reached at 330-723-4565.