About MCTV's Organization of the Month
Charitable behavior can lead to psychological, spiritual, and emotional well-being benefits for the giver. Besides helping the community and being a part of a greater good, charitable donations are tax deductible, can give you a sense of purpose and can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice. Each month, MCTV highlights two local non-profit organizations. We have donation boxes set up in our lobbies and have information on our websites about each charity, along with links to their respective websites. MCTV’s commitment to charitable causes creates new ways for you to find, learn about, and support local charities. We try to make a bigger difference in the causes you care about the most and become partners with the organizations in order to bring about change. Donate with confidence to these organizations. They are low-risk organizations, have targeted goals, function with good governance and have transparency policies. To learn more, visit our community involvement page.
During Red Cross Month, We Honor the Everyday Heroes Who Help Our Communities
During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves to help their community.
“We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need,” said Kim Kroh, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter. “The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its life changing work.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
During the 2015 fiscal year, the Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter assisted 128 families who experienced a disaster; provided 448 services to military members, veterans and families, including emergency communications; and provided safety training such as CPR and first aid to 4,189 individuals.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” said Kroh. “This March during Red Cross Month, we’re encouraging everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help a neighbor, make a financial or blood donation or take a Red Cross class in First Aid and CPR.”
The Red Cross has launched an initiative to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes throughout our community. To learn more about the program, Project Save-A-Life, visit www.redcross.org/neoosal.
Locally the Stark and Muskingum Lakes chapter is in need of Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers. Red Cross trained DAT volunteers are there in times of disaster providing comfort, hope and emergency items, no matter the time of day, year or the season. If interested in volunteering, please call the chapter at 330-453-0146, or visit the chapter's website.
About the American Red Cross
The Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross serves 22 counties and their 4.5 million residents by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Visit individual chapters on Facebook, subscribe to our blog at neoredcross.org or follow the NE Ohio Chapter on Twitter at @NEORedCross.
American Red Cross
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707