Area Red Cross offers comfort, assistanceWritten by Tyler DePerro | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross has been working since the June 21 storm to stem the tide of homeowner need, said Kristen Cajka, the organization’s communications manager. By Monday morning, the Red Cross had helped 774 families, Cajka said.
“We’re still getting calls. Water damage in basements seems to be the biggest need.”
Fortunately, Cajka said, many people came forward to be trained as volunteers after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans last fall.
“We have about 50 volunteers and 10 staff working on this,” Cajka said, adding that Red Cross offices had extended hours over the weekend.
Cajka said working with United Way, Goodwill and the Salvation Army has been helpful.
“Our phones were out for about 24 hours, so we used the United Way 211 phone system. We’re all working together to make sure people are well-served,” she said.
Cajka emphasized Red Cross disaster services are “always free.” Her office has received reports of people posing as government and/or Red Cross workers asking people for money for services. But she stressed the Red Cross can always use donations.
“Disaster assistance is free because of generous donations,” Cajka said.
Clean-up kits are available from the Red Cross at the No. 14 fire station at Dorr Street and Reynolds Road, Cajka said.
“We’ve given out more than 700,” she said.
To become a volunteer or to make a donation, call (419) 329-2900.