Red Cross offers thanks for response to June tornadoesWritten by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
On behalf of the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, I would like to thank Northwest Ohio for the tremendous outpouring of support for those impacted by the June 5 tornadoes. Our community response is always generous beyond what we anticipate. It not only increases our ability to help those in need with speed, ease, comfort and compassion, but offers hope and support for those impacted.
In every effort to be transparent with the community, I wanted to share that to date Northwest Ohioans have donated $278,103 to the Red Cross. Thus far, we have spent $181,142 to aid those directly impacted, including meals, emergency shelter, cleaning supplies and grief counseling. This amount includes $45,000 transferred to community-based long-term recovery committees in Fulton, Ottawa and Wood counties, to support long-term recovery efforts after the Red Cross had met the emergency needs of our clients.
We will continue to work with the long-term recovery committees on issues and needs as yet unseen or even imagined for those devastated by the disaster and we are ready to provide additional financial support based on requests from these community-based committees. Additionally, we have also pledged $31,200 to the Lake School District for emergency preparedness and safety training for students of all ages.
We know these programs will help save lives for generations to come and ensure the community is better prepared should we ever experience another catastrophic event.
The road to recovery is long, yet the contributions and support of our community offers aid and support hours after the event and will resonate for years to come.
American Red Cross