650 people in Highland County were assisted by Red Cross last year

Last updated: April 04. 2014 5:41PM - 813 Views
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The community is invited on Tuesday’s Paint the Town Red Day for the American Red Cross to wear red in support of the organization, and to dine out at local participating restaurants that are donating a portion of sales to the local chapter of Red Cross.

On April 8, Subway in Greenfield will donate $1 for every footlong sold and in Hillsboro, Ponderosa will donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Community relations coordinator Kelley Robbins encourages everyone to wear red or to wear a red ribbon and donate a few dollars to Red Cross. Every dollar that is donated stays local.

Donations can be made on Tuesday at Greenfield’s Subway and the Hillsboro Ponderosa. Additionally, Big City Pizza in Greenfield will be accepting donations for Red Cross.

Robbins invites everyone to take a photo wearing red and submit it to the local Red Cross office in Wilmington. Also, if a group or company is unable to participate on Tuesday, Robbins said to plan an alternate day.

In 2013, Robbins said, more than 650 people in Highland County received a service, education, or were touched by the organization.

Highland County has a disaster team available 24/7 that responds to disasters such as house fires. All disaster assistance provided is free, she said, and is made possible by support from the community and voluntary gifts.

Robbins said $9,867 was spent last year in financial assistance for disaster and military cases in Highland County, and already this year, the Red Cross has spent more than $4,000 in assistance.

The Red Cross relies on the contributions of community members and businesses throughout the county to carry out its humanitarian mission. It is not a government-supported agency. All donations stay local to help community members throughout Highland County.

For more information, to learn about programs and services provided in Highland County, to become involved, or to find out how to donate, contact the local Red Cross office at 937-382-0083 or email Robbins at kelley.robbins@redcross.org.

Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.

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