Red Cross celebrates 100th


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For the past 100 years, the American Red Cross has been available for the people of the Ohio River Valley area when disaster strikes. Chartered in 1917 as the Scioto County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross has provided assistance to thousands of people affected by local disasters including home fires, floods, tornados and seasonal emergencies From health and safety classes, to lifesaving blood collection and support of military members, their families and veterans, the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross has helped make our community safer and more prepared for what may come in the next 100 years.

To help kick off the year-long centennial celebration, the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross is partnering with The Scioto Ribber, Rutman/Burnside Realty Group, The Party Connection and the Law Office of Jeremy Burnside in sponsoring the January Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. “Then throughout the coming year, we will be Celebrating a Century of Caring by commemorating the many past and present contributions of the Red Cross through a series of events” said Debbie Smith, Community Executive. “From volunteer recognition events to the 5th Anniversary of Dancing With our Stars, 2017 will offer opportunities for the entire community to celebrate the contributions of the American Red Cross over the past 100 years. We hope to educate the general public on the many services provided by the Red Cross including CPR training, disaster response services, the Pillow Case Project, the Free Smoke Alarm Program, Military affairs and much more”, she continued.

“Since almost everyone has been touched by the Red Cross in one way or another, we invite the community to share their Red Cross memories and photos with us. If you have assisted someone or been assisted by the Red Cross during times of disaster or while serving in the military, if you’ve given or received blood, taught or taken a swimming or first aid class, helped install smoke alarms through our Home Fire campaign or donated to the Red Cross, you belong to the Red Cross family, and we want to hear from you”, said Dr. Steven Rader, board chair. Memories and photos may be sent to debbie.smith@redcross.org or dropped off to the Red Cross office at 1801 Robinson in Portsmouth. Memories and photos will be shared on our Centennial blog.

The Ohio River Valley American Red Cross serves Scioto, Jackson, Pike, Adams, Lawrence and Brown counties. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

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