To date the American Red Cross of NW Ohio has deployed 16 locally trained disaster services volunteers to help with the response to Hurricane Sandy.
Larry Coats of Elmore was one of the first on the road driving the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to New Jersey to wait out the storm then transport supplies, meals and other needed items to the impacted areas as soon as routes were open and safe. Many more will deploy in the next several days.
Mary Gangway Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, 125 Madison Street, Port Clinton, has announce that the Shoppe is offering a special to benefit the Red Cross’s efforts to respond to Hurricane Sandy. During the month of November she will donate $5 of each $10 wrapped cash and carry fall bouquet to the American Red Cross.
The Ottawa County office has received numerous calls in the past week from people wanting to help. The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs the public’s help now. More than 7,000 people spent the night in 115 Red Cross shelters in nine states. The Red Cross has already served more than 100,800 meals and snacks and mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers and 200 emergency vehicles so far.
To make a financial donation, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the Ottawa County American Red Cross at or at P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Red Cross blood drives have already been cancelled due to the storm resulting in a loss of more than 11,000 units of blood and platelet products. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation Ottawa County Residents can help by donating blood at one of the following local drives:
• Friday, Nov. 9 Magruder Hospital – By appointment only. Call Rachel Fall at 419-732-4061
• Monday, Nov. 26 – St. John Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa Street, Oak Harbor, Noon – 6 p.m.
“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Tim Yenrick, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. “This will be very costly and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.”