Red Cross Month encourages volunteer activity, blood donation
For 132 years, the American Red Cross has helped individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
And each spring since 1942, starting with Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. President acknowledges the American Red Cross and encourages volunteerism by issuing a proclamation that declares March as Red Cross Month.
“Chances are, wherever you live or wherever you go, you’re likely to encounter someone whose life has been touched by Red Cross services,” said Tiffany Gradel, Marketing & Communications Program Manager for the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. “We’re proud to be an organization of people who band together to help their neighbors—be they next door or around the world.”
Red Cross officials say it’s easy to get involved in helping to effect change in your community. Volunteers can give blood, donate their time and talents, or make financial contributions. Nationwide, more than 500,000 volunteers make a difference through Red Cross services like blood donations, disaster relief, health and safety training, support to military members and families and international aid.
Locally, the Red Cross blood program supports patients at 23 hospitals across 11 counties. Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Donated blood helps accident victims, premature infants, those being treated for cancers or blood disorders, and help make routine surgeries possible.
“Whatever way you give – be it through blood donation, volunteerism or financial contribution – you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping to change lives,” said Kathy Smith, Interim CEO “Without people like you, there would be no American Red Cross.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
Healthy living class
The Weston A. Price Foundation, Toledo Chapter, will offer a Healthy Living class entitled, “Protect Yourself Against Cancer with Food” March 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Chapel, 4441 Monroe St., Toledo.
Participants will learn how whole foods create optimum health, and will also sample nutritious treats. There is no charge for the class, however, donations are welcome.
The Toledo Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation is dedicated to spreading information about the benefits of eating nourishing, traditional foods. Visit www.WAPFToledo.org for more details.
Night of Empowerment
Baskets of Care, Inc. will host its second “Night of Empowerment” for breast cancer survivors Monday, April 8, at the Soto Loft and Signature Spa, 580 Craig Drive, Perrysburg.
The event will include massages, wig trimming and make-up consultation.
“We provide newly diagnosed men and women with the peer support that they need,” said Gail Cooper, executive director of Baskets of Care. “The ‘Night of Empowerment’ does that by bringing survivors together in a relaxed setting.”
Since March 2011, the organization has distributed more than 550 Comfort Care Bags to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. “I learned through my journey with breast cancer that having peer support from others who shared a similar experience is gratifying,” Cooper said.
Comfort Care Bags are provided free of charge and are gifted through partnership with medical providers of breast care, surgeons, oncologists and the breast care centers. The bag includes navigational and educational materials, as well as comfort care items.
Visit www.basketsofcare.org to learn more about the organization.
Bethany House benefit
Invision Salon, 1635 Tollgate Dr., Maumee, will hold a raffle and cut-a-thon fundraiser to benefit Bethany House, a Toledo organization that provides shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
The event will be held Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Invision. The salon will also offer a menu of mini services for clients to enjoy that day.
Since its beginnings in 1984, Bethany House has served an average of 30 families a year. The length of stay ranges from four to six months. The average family unit consists of 2.7 persons ranging in age from infants through 55 years. For more information, visit www.bethanyhousetoledo.org.