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A little help from our friends

We couldn’t respond to disasters as effectively and efficiently as we do without the help of our friends – partners like Area Office on Aging, United Way, Columbia Gas, and Toledo Edison. There are countless others who have stepped forward during the past week to provide donations of water, money, and volunteers to pass out water to the most vulnerable in our community. Just check out the numbers below to see how much we were able to do in such a short amount of time: Infographic NWO_SEMICH water cropped Today, we’d like to thank a long time supporter and partner – FirstEnergy Foundationa and Toledo Edison. Their generous donation of $5,000 to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief allows us to respond at a moments notice when our community needs us most.

“In times of crisis, we rely more than ever on the American Red Cross,” said Linda Moss, regional president of Toledo Edison. “We’re proud to be part of this community, where our employees live and work and raise their families, and we’re pleased to be able to support our neighbors when the unexpected happens.”

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio board member and Toledo Edison employee Richard Sweeney and Regional CEO Tim Yenrick

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio board member and Toledo Edison employee Richard Sweeney and Regional CEO Tim Yenrick

In addition to supporting our disaster relief efforts this month, Toledo Edison works hand-in-hand with us during other weather-related disasters, and has been a long time supporter of our annual Oscar Night fundraising gala. Thank you Toledo Edison!


When they called, I was ready


Red Cross workers, Cleve Daugherty and Pam Blum, while in Toledo, Ohio assisting with the water emergency relief operation.

A few years ago, Cleve Daugherty was in need of American Red Cross services after having a house fire.  He was so moved by what the volunteers did for him that he knew he had to be part of it.  A giving and kind person by nature, Cleve and the Red Cross were the perfect fit. Since joining the Red Cross, he has responded to 4 national disaster operations and countless local emergencies in his hometown of Charlestown, West Virginia. Today, Cleve is in Toledo, Ohio as an emergency response vehicle driver, providing community outreach and delivering water to home bound clients in need. Cleve said that there is a parallel between the Northwest Ohio water emergency and his most recent deployment to a chemical spill in Charlestown; in both locations clean drinking and cooking water was at issue. “When they called, I was ready,” said Cleve when asked about why he responded to Ohio.  He said he just loves helping people, whether that is through his role with the American Red Cross or through his ministry. “Everyone has been happy to see us, “which was what he says makes his job special. He loves that the Red Cross helps everybody and doesn’t discriminate based on any criteria.

American Red Cross workers load emergency response vehicles with bottled water before heading into the community to meet with clients. The American Red Cross has been assisting with water delivery in Toledo, Ohio since Saturday.

American Red Cross workers load emergency response vehicles with bottled water before heading into the community to meet with clients. The American Red Cross has been assisting with water delivery in Toledo, Ohio since Saturday.

Cleve’s partner since arriving in Toledo has been Pam Blum from the Greater Columbus Ohio Region. Pam says she’s been on so many national deployments she has a hard time remembering them or when they were.  Since beginning the Northwest Ohio assignment, Pam says they have delivered over 300 cases of water. When asked what has been special about this deployment Pam said it is the, “visually outward display of gratitude everyone has.” She’s seen people cry, smile, and laugh and she has been the receiver of many hugs.


American Red Cross workers from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia meet before continuing home water delivery and client checkups in Toledo, Ohio.

The American Red Cross is continuing the relief efforts in the Toledo area by distributing emergency preparedness literature. Pam Schwarzkopf, the Mass Care Supervisor on the operation says they will distribute 2,000 preparedness packets throughout the rest of the week. There are 320 American Red Cross workers on the ground in Northwest Ohio supporting this operation.

– This entry was written by Disaster Workforce member Thomas White. 

Are you prepared?


Picture this: You are outside in your backyard enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Suddenly the sky becomes dark and gloomy. It begins to hail and the tornado sirens go off. Do you know what to do?

Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad.

Here are the top 6 ways to prepare for a tornado:

  1. Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados.
  2. Practice tornado drills from time to time so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado were to strike.
  3. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement where everyone can go during a tornado.
  4. Prepare for high winds by removing damaged limbs from trees.
  5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind .
  6. Download our FREE tornado app.

To learn (MORE) about tornado safety, click here.



Tonight is the Night

The day has FINALLY arrived! Tonight is the “Red, White & You Too!” benefit CD concert at Hollywood Casino Toledo. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and it is totally FREE!

Here is the line up for the fabulous night ahead:

Don’t forget to purchase the benefit CD at your neighborhood Ralphie’s and Frisch’s Big Boy locations. They are ONLY $10 and inside the CD, there is a $4 coupon making the total cost just $6! What a deal 🙂  And all of the proceeds go to support local Red Cross services and programs. Nothing can get better than that!

We hope to see you there!

FREE concert!

Please join us for the FREE “Red, White, & You Too!” benefit CD Concert on Tuesday July 29 at Hollywood Casino, Toledo. The free show starts at 7:00 p.m. and features eight bands included on the second annual American Red Cross benefit CD. Sponsored by Bennett Enterprises, the Toledo Free Press, and 1370 WSPD, this second annual project features original songs from 21 local artists and raised more than $10,000 for us last year. Awesome!!


Pick up one (or ten) CDs at your neighborhood Ralphie’s or Frisch’s Big Boy, or at the Hollywood Casino gift shop. We hope you’ll come out to raise awareness and support the hardworking and generous artists. You can RSVP on our Facebook page, although it’s not necessary to attend. See you there!

Red, White & You Too! Benefit Concert

Join us for the second annual American Red Cross benefit CD concert at Hollywood Casino Toledo on July 29 at 7 p.m.

Admission is totally FREE and CDs will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit local Red Cross programs and services including providing disaster relief and recovery, assistance to military families, and more.

CDs are on sale NOW for $10 at all neighborhood Frisch’s Big Boy and Ralphie’s restaurants. Plus there is a $4 coupon inside making the total cost to you just $6. What a deal!

Here is the line-up for the fabulous night ahead:

Special thanks to Michael Miller, News Talk 1370 WSPD, Toledo Free Press, Bennett Enterprises, and our other supporters for making this event a reality!

RSVP here. See you there!

Red, White and You Too!

Get ’em while they’re hot! The 2014 edition of the American Red Cross benefit CD, “Red, White & You Too!”, is on sale TODAY!


This fabulous collection includes 21 glorious jams provided by talented local  artists. For just $10 you can snag one of your own. And guess what?? There’s a $4 coupon inside for Frisch’s Big Boy or Ralphie’s Restaurants, making the total cost to you just $6. Say whhhhhaaaatttttt???!! That’s a serious score man.

If that’s not reason enough to head out and get one RIGHT NOW, you should know that all of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.

Check up the lineup below and get yours today!