However, the continuation of the services the Red Cross provides relies heavily on the support the organization receives from members of the communities it serves, Roberts added. Though the local Red Cross is part of a national organization, it and the other 711 chapters receive no funding from its parent organization or the federal government, contrary to popular belief, she said.
"Each American Red Cross chapter ... depends on the community it serves for financial support," said Roberts. "With the local support [of donations], volunteers and employees are able to provide assistance to families who have fires and need emergency food, shelter and clothing."
The people of the North Country chapter's service area - which extends 3,439 square miles, covering Clinton and Franklin counties and the 13 northern townships of Essex County - have continually stepped up to plate to assist with donations, said Roberts. Those donations have helped the chapter in its mission year after year as an average of 91 cents of every dollar donated is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
"We are proud to be the place where ordinary people do extraordinary things, and we hope our North Country community will continue to support us so we can continue to offer our programs and services each day," she said.
The community can show its support next Saturday, April 4, said Roberts, by attending the 11th annual Fire and Ice, an auction and fundraising dinner to benefit the local Red Cross chapter. The event will be held at the Westside Ballroom on New York Avenue in Plattsburgh beginning at 5 p.m. Donations for the nonprofit organization, which are tax-deductible, are also welcome anytime, said Roberts. Checks may be made payable to the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross and mailed to 13 Guy Way, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901.
For more information, call the chapter at 561-7280 or visit the chapter's Web site at www.northcountryredcross.org.