|Red Cross of Paulding County to hold open house March 13|
|Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:19 PM|
PAULDING – March is nationally recognized as American Red Cross month. In celebration, an open house will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on March 13 at the Paulding office.
Do you know where the Red Cross office is located in Paulding? Not many people do, so this is a great opportunity for residents to stop in, get acquainted with the local volunteers, ask questions and learn about the services provided by the agency.
Located at 211 N. Main St. in the First Financial Bank building, the American Red Cross of Paulding County has been an integral part of the community for many years.
Rick Noggle, current Disaster Action Team chairman, said the volunteer-rich agency is one of the county’s best-kept secrets.
“I’ve talked to a good number of people who aren’t even aware that Red Cross has a presence in the county,” he said. “I guess if they’ve never needed our services, they’re just not aware of our existence.”
The American Red Cross of Paulding County receives a portion of its funding from United Way. The funds provide services and assistance to people in the county regardless of their socioeconomic status when they are in need of emergency aid following tornadoes, fires, floods or high-wind damage.
“So far this year, we’ve had eight fires in the county,” Noggle added. “Some of them have been minor, but most have been large and have caused partial or total loss of the victims’ homes. We’ve provided emergency assistance, such as temporary housing and help with food and clothing, to all of them who needed it. It makes us feel good to be able to help families get back on their feet.”
In May, the Paulding County EMA and Red Cross will be participating in a full-scale mock disaster involving a fire at an agricultural and chemical storage facility. Both Noggle and EMA director Randy Shaffer say they’re looking forward to the exercise and gaining experience in setting up command stations and shelters and working with other emergency-response agencies in the county.
If you would like more information about Red Cross or the open house, would like to become a volunteer, or have any questions about the American Red Cross of Paulding County, call 419-399-3557 or visit the office.
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