Category Archives: Northwest Ohio

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio proudly serves the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. | Facebook: | Web:

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Semper Paratus

When the Toledo area was alerted to the water crisis, the Coast Guard Auxiliary put in motion an emergency alert program within their unit. The Everbridge system notified members of the unit by text, phone and e-mail of situations and all who were available were directed to respond on Sunday to the Red Cross headquarters located at 3100 Central in Toledo. For three days, 35 to 40 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, under the command of Commodore Llornes Chenevert,  loaded trucks and delivered water to homebound individuals. On the  third day of the operation, the unit provided security operations and created disaster safety awareness packets.

Fairchild and Pam

Linda Fairchild and Pam Schwarzkopf

Commodore Chenevert

Commodore Chenevert

The units responding came primarily from Southeast Michigan and the Ohio Metro Toledo divisions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The members of these units are all volunteers and range from 17 years of age to retirement. Many are veterans of various branches of the military but that is not a prerequisite for membership. You must be of age, a US citizen and pass a background check. The first year new members must take a series of classes including boating safety, health, and ethics as foundations for their training and work responsibilities.


Members creating disaster safety awareness packets


When not respondingto disasters and emergencies, the Auxiliary’s primary function is boating safety. This is accomplished by teaching the public boating safety classes, doing safe boat inspections, and providing patrols during heavy boating activities such as regattas and firework events. There is also an air wing of the unit that is manned by members with their personal planes.

Nelson and Bresnan

Nelson and Bresnan

Wunder and Cartlidge

Wunder and Cartlidge

We would like to thank Commodore Chenevert and his members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for the professionalism and great attitude shown during a time of need.

– This blog entry was written by Disaster Workforce volunteer Dave Morrow


Sherry & Chocolates

Club Red of Ottawa County is a ladies’ auxiliary that provides educational opportunities to further the services and programs of the Red Cross. The volunteer-led group is devoted to humanitarian services and compassion and was founded eight years ago by Cindy Amerine. More than 90 women recently attended the 8th annual Sherry & Chocolates membership drive at the Catawba Cliffs home of Eric and Peggy Rolf.

Pictured are Karen Blizzard, Lynn Majce, Peggy Rolf, Cindy Amerine, Beth Leggett and Danis Putzbach

Club Red’s summer gala, “A Bavarian Summer Fest – Willkommen,” will be held at the Catawba Island Club, Friday, July 18.  We hope to see you there!

Giving blankies

Hurricane Isaac 2012

We’d like to thank the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association of Toledo for their generous gift of $8,000 to the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. The Old Newsboys were motivated to help us out after a particularly cold winter in our area (remember those record cold temps??) depleted our supply of blankets. The donation helps to provide things like bedding, disaster kits, and blankets for our clients following home fires or other disasters.

“It is important to give back to the community and to help a great organization like the American Red Cross – they are helping our community every day,”
-Greg Loeb, Past President Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association.

Comment below and help us thank the Old Newsboys for their support!

And the award goes to…

Lawrence and Pearlia Kynard have been volunteers for nearly a decade. Together, they’ve traveled the country, responding to fires, floods, and tornadoes from California to Louisiana and back again. They also serve locally as members of the Lucas County Disaster Action Team. As Team Leaders, they mentor new volunteers and are always available to assist when disasters strike. They even help out with special events like our annual Oscar Night or anywhere else we need them.

Because of their efforts, we’re proud to announce the Kynards won Medical Mutual’s Exemplary Senior Volunteer of the Year Award in the Silver category. Congratulations!

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Sign up to be one today!

The Pillowcase Project

Pillowcase project girl holding signWhen someone hears “The Pillowcase Project” and “The American Red Cross” together in the same sentence, they may wonder – What do pillowcases have to do with the Red Cross? The Pillowcase Project is a program geared towards local 3rd-5th graders to help them be better prepared when a disaster strikes. As part of a grant-funded partnership with Disney, the program teaches children about emergencies in their community, and how they can be prepared when they happen. The children also receive a pillowcase that lists items they should have in their own personal disaster preparedness kit – like  crayons, an activity book, flashlight, a first aid kit, paper and pens, bar of soap, pack of tissues, a small game, and a toothbrush with toothpaste. They can then even personalize the pillowcase and make it their own by coloring it and filling it with items they like the most – a favorite stuffed animal, book, or even a blankie.

By educating the children, they can then teach their families how to Be Red Cross Ready too!

Pillowcase project 4 kids

Children from the Boys & Girls Club having fun while decorating their pillowcases

If you or a group you’re affiliated with would like to sign up to participate, contact  AmeriCorps member Pat Crawford at 419-329-2557.

Rising from the Ashes

13abc's story

Toledo 13abc’s story on the Secor fire that took place early morning on April 12, 2014.

We assisted more than 50 people involved in a large fire at Secor Terrace Apartments on April 12 by providing emotional support, food, clothing, infant supplies, comfort kits, medical needs, and temporary shelter. Moving forward, we will continue to help the families with direct recovery assistance including support for security deposits at new rentals, bedding, and linens.

“You see hurricanes, tornadoes and fires and the Red Cross always pops up to help. You never think you are going to need that kind of help but I am so glad they were there for us. They sure have been wonderful.” – Linda Bliss, client.

Recovering from a disaster is never an easy process, but it doesn’t have to be one our clients do alone. Of all the disasters we respond to, home fires are the most common. It’s thanks to the commitment and generosity of our community that we can provide hope to these families.

Calling All Cars

To honor our local fire, police, sheriff, and EMS/rescue units, more than 220 people were in attendance this past Sunday, April 12, at the Napoleon American Legion for our Hometown Heroes event. We work hand-in-hand with different emergency personnel who help us respond to a disaster every 19 hours. Fire, flood, or tornado, we can always find those flashing lights and sirens nearby, assisting families in need. We provide canteening services – that is, beverages and sandwiches – to these brave men and women, but this event gave us all a chance to really show how much we care.  Our 2014 celebrated heroes are:

HH_icesculptureMike Smith – Deshler Volunteer Fire Department
Jeff Brubaker – Hamler Volunteer Fire Department
Bradley A. Strickland – Napoleon City Police
Tracy Busch – Henry County Emergency Management Agency
Dave Samlow – Florida/Flatrock Volunteer Fire Department
Rick Spiess – Liberty Center/Washington Township
Volunteer Fire Department
Eileen Stough – Ridgeville Township Volunteer Fire Department
Jerry E. Wolf – Holgate Volunteer Fire Department
Tim Cereghin – Napoleon Fire & Rescue
Larry Aelker – New Bavaria Volunteer Fire Department
Marc Ruskey – Henry County Sheriff Office
Janine Reimund – South Joint Ambulance District
Eric Klein – Malinta Volunteer Fire Department

Guests enjoyed a personalized cake donated by Chief Supermarket, an ice sculpture by Chad Hartson of Ice Creations, and a variety of raffles and prizes. The Henry County Volunteer Fireman Association also surprised us all with a very generous donation. It was a spectacular evening! Check out some cool photos from the event and thank you to our heroes and everyone who came out.