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Red Cross donates funds to the United Way
The American Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter has released approximately $35,000 to United Way of Greater Toledo’s long-term storm recovery fund.

The funds were originally donated to the Red Cross to help respond to relief efforts associated with the tornadoes that swept through Northwest Ohio the weekend of June 5.

“The Red Cross received such an outpouring of good will from the community that we’ve covered our expenses and want to pass on that generosity,” said Tim Yenrick, regional director of the American Red Cross. “This money will help families with long-term counseling, legal services and individual needs that have yet to be met.”

Several weeks ago, a long-term recovery committee made up of social service agencies and emergency personnel formed in Wood County. The group voted United Way to administer funds for long-term efforts.

“We are happy to provide this service to the community and thrilled with the Red Cross’s contribution,” said Bill Kitson, United Way of Greater Toledo president & CEO. “These funds are vital to the long-term issues families and individuals may not even be aware of yet.”

Individuals can continue to contribute to these long-term relief efforts. Funds to be used in Wood County can be directed to four different categories: fire, police, parks or schools. Ottawa County is taking general donations. Full instructions and details for donating in either county can be found at or by dialing 2-1-1.

Bikes, helmets available
The Mercy St. Charles Foundation has awarded the MSCH Trauma Program with funds for bicycle helmets.  

Helmets were purchased and distributed to 150 children at the Starr Elementary Safety Town classes on June 16 and 24.

On Saturday July 10, 2010 Stormin’ Norman’s Trading Post in the Great Eastern Shopping Center is holding a “Bike and Book Giveaway” to replace lost bicycles for middle school age children and younger due to the recent tornado. MSCH Trauma Program has supplied Stormin’ Norman’s with bicycle helmets for all the bicycles to be given away.

The Trauma Program takes bicycle safety very seriously. Statistics show that wearing bike helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by 88 percent and the risk of injury to the face by 65 percent.

Children in the Oregon or surrounding area in need of a bicycle helmet may contact Nicole Knight, Trauma Coordinator at Nicole

BBQ chicken fundraiser
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1459 South St. and SR 795, Millbury, will hold a BBQ Chicken Dinner to benefit tornado victims July 10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Adult meals include a half chicken, baked potato, baked beans, roll and butter, dessert and beverage for $8. Kids’ meals, available for $3, include a hot dog, chips, brownie or cookie and a beverage.

Fundraiser set for 11 to 7 on 7-11
A benefit for the Lake Township Relief Fund, which aids Wood and Ottawa county tornado victims, is being planned for July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Toledo Executive Airport (formerly Metcalf Field), 28331 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury.

Several performers are scheduled for the all-day outdoor concert that will be held on two stages. Performers include Resonant Soul, Bobby Maye, Frankie Maye, Dry Bones Revival & Friends, Ron Rasberry & Sons, Measure of Time, Ben Barefoot, Keys 2 Eden, Boffo, Harley Packer Band, Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach, Nine Lives Band, Buddy Luv & the Pitbulls, Haywire and Funk Nation.

Other acts will include Dan and Don Show, Kayden Case, Ryan Hartle (a Northwood firefighter, who did a song and video on YouTube).

There will be a children's area with activities, games and bounce-houses. Raffles will be held all day. Food, pop, water, beer and other refreshments will be available. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.

There will be a memorial service at 11:15 a.m. Lake Township police and fire are donating their services/security. Johny D (WCKY) will be the guest emcee.

Hirzel Canning, Great Lakes Sound, Meredith Party Rentals, Northwood Jewelers, Cupid's Closet and Nagle Trucking are among the sponsors for the event.

Organizers are in need of  donations, including cash, food, ice, pop, raffle items and prizes for children's games, sign printing, etc. Volunteers are also needed. Donations are being accepted at State Bank, 301 Main St., Walbridge, and Cupid's Closet, 510 Commerce Park Blvd, Northwood.

To make a donation or help in any other way, call Teri Michalak at 419-666-2887 or 419-410-3822 or Ron Woodruff  at 419-461-7010.

One hundred percent of proceeds raised will go to the victims of the June 5 tornado. WSOS (Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca County Commission) will disperse funds.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser
A spaghetti dinner to benefit Lake High School valedictorian Katie Kranz and her family will be held July 17 at 5 p.m. at Northwood VFW, 102 W. Andrus Rd. 5 p.m.

Dinners are $7 for adults, $3.50 for 12 and under. There will also be raffles, 50/50s, entertainment and more.

Crystal Bowersox pendant benefits Red Cross
Pennyroyal and American Idol Runner-Up, Crystal Bowersox have designed a pendant to benefit The Red Cross in Toledo.

The pendant bears a simple music note design, like the one tattooed on the back of Bowersox’s left shoulder.

Each pendant comes with a collector card that features a hand-written message from Crystal that says, “Success ain’t about money, It’s about doin’ what you love. This was my first tattoo.”

It is 1.25 inches tall and is handcrafted from 9 grams of solid sterling silver. It hangs on a 16-inch sterling silver chain.

The pendant is available for $85 online at through July 31. Thirty percent of sales will be donated.




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