The Red Cross Corner 7-31-10

The North Country Chapter American Red Cross held its 94th Volunteer Recognition in June. The Volunteer of the year was Susan Minnie. Susan volunteers in the office and also in the Lifeline Program.

There are two services that every Red Cross Chapter provides - Disaster Response 24/7 is one. In the past year we have assisted 37 families recover after a fire. We provide emergency food, shelter and clothing - other needs are met if resources are not available.

Armed Forces Emergency Services is the second. The Red Cross is the only organization recognized by the military to verify an emergency for an enlisted person or their family. Staff and Volunteers verify these family emergencies and using the Red Cross messaging center verification is provided to the military. There is a Red Cross office on every U.S. military installation. We provided 68 messages in the past year 24/7.

As of June 30 - volunteers and staff taught 5,642 individuals how to save a life, learn to swim, be a lifeguard or a good babysitter and more. Red Cross courses are taught at the chapter or in area businesses or organizations. If you are interested in hosting a CPR party in your home, give us a call.

The chapter has sponsored the Lifeline Program for 22 years. It provides security and independence for 230 individuals currently. For more information, please call us.

The North Country Chapter could not provide all these services if it were not for the local support of this community. If you support us financially or volunteers we appreciate you.

The Red Cross Corner is a monthly column provided by the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross. The chapter may be reached at 561-7280 or via e-mail at nccarc@westelcom.com.

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