Earlier this week, we provided assistance to residents living in the Alpha Tower apartment complex due to sprinkler system malfunction late Monday evening. A mandatory evacuation of the residency left more than 150 people – many of them senior citizens – in need of temporary shelter. Thanks to your generosity – our helpful community and partners, staff and volunteers – we were able to provide cots, blankets, pillows, water, and meals free of charge to more than fifty affected elderly residents. Additionally, our friends at Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. provided on-location response from medical to mental support.
This collaboration and teamwork helped our community when they needed it the most.
The holidays aren’t over yet and there’s still shopping to be done. So many people to buy for and so little time! Uncle Fred has enough barbecue materials for thirteen family reunions and your best friend already has a new phone and matching case. Oh, and then there are those co-workers you’ve been meaning to give something to for three years now. How will you fit it all in?
The Holiday Giving Catalog also rewards your benevolence by giving you a FREE GIFT when you donate $100 or more, with different surprises provided at $200, $500, and $1,000 or more.
So use this opportunity to help Uncle Fred provide first aide courses to students who could save lives or help your best friend provide shelter for a family following a disaster. The possibilities really are endless! Let them know they helped reconnect a family or lost loved one and together, we can make a difference.
We all know that one friend or family member that loves to pick at the meal before it’s ready. Keep them away from the food by setting a “kid-free zone” around all of the yummy food being cooked up, and the hot appliances being used to cook them.
Big kids need a safety zone just as the little ones do. Make sure everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving dinner without any injuries or accidents.
In case something does happen, be prepared to react by having the Red Cross First Aid app at your fingertips. Download it now at for any of you Apple or Android mobile devices!
If you must go outside, layered lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
If you plan on using an alternate heating source, never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Keep a glass or metal fire screen around the fireplace to avoid accidents. Never leave a fireplace fire unattended! Make sure you have the fire put out before leaving your home or going to bed.