July 24, 2016

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Recognize Red Cross spirit, care in March

By Beth Kilchenman
American Red Cross

Each year during the month of March we formally recognize the spirit of the volunteers, donors, partners and employees who support the Red Cross mission of humanitarianism.

This year, we especially want to honor our dedicated volunteers. We celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of the 500 volunteers of the Medina County Chapter for their contribution to building a better quality of life here for the past 90 years.

For the next 90 years and beyond, the Red Cross will meet the needs of the public by fostering volunteers who are professional, prepared and committed to continuing the tradition of providing supreme service delivery to our community.

Since 1917, the Red Cross in Medina County has relied on the everyday heroes who donate time, blood or money; heroes who help coordinate blood drives, heroes who provide assistance to house fire victims; and heroes who greet and assist patients’ families at local hospitals. The Medina County Chapter is one of more than 700 chapters across the country who tirelessly serve their community.

In the past year alone, the chapter responded to 12 local emergencies, assisted more than 60 military families and trained more than 2,500 people in life-saving skills such as CPR and first aid.

Red Cross volunteers are the core of the Red Cross, donating their time and energy to selflessly serve those in need, demonstrating the compassion and generosity for which Americans are known.

We are still accepting nominations for the Heartland Heroes celebration May 1. The deadline for the nominations is April 1. For more info, call me at 330-723-4565 or toll free at 877-441-4565.

The Red Cross is an organization in the community that many rely on for help, comfort, advice and compassion. On behalf of the Medina County Chapter, I thank you for any donation you can make to help us continue our service to those in need.

Kilchenman may be reached at 330-723-4565.