Flood relief agencies with your donationsWritten by Autumn Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, when hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast, Toledoans showed great generosity in donating money, goods and services to the relief effort. While last week’s severe weather does not carry dramatic pictures and stories like those in New Orleans, we have neighbors suffering who need help and we urge local residents to show the same pride and compassion.
By Monday, the local chapter of the American Red Cross had helped 774 area families, with many more calling as they discovered the extent of the damage.
It is often the worst situations that bring out the best in our leaders. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner shrugged off some of his recent public relations distractions and rallied volunteers in a moment of leadership clarity that renews faith in his ability to get results. The local electronic news media went above and beyond the call of duty with hours of live coverage and updates, casting aside network commitments to keep viewers informed.
In a letter to the Toledo community, American Red Cross Board Chairwoman Dee Talmage and Executive Director Tim Yenrick made a compelling call for help:
“In the days following the floods, our volunteers worked tirelessly to evaluate and meet the needs of those affected. We distributed clean-up kits, hot meals and cold water. We made available a safe shelter for anyone displaced from their homes. We were at the sides of flood victims to help them as they started the cleanup. Now, we are asking if you might help us continue our humanitarian mission.”
They’ve asked; it’s time for us to answer. To become a volunteer or to make a donation, call (419) 329-2900.