Editor:

March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking you to join us in providing help and hope to people in need throughout Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties.

The Red Cross works tirelessly to help those who need assistance, whether down the street, across the country, or around the world. We respond to disasters, help members of the military, provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills.

When you help with a gift of your time, your blood donation, or your financial gift, you join the Red Cross and help us save lives. We want to thank those supporters whose generosity helps ensure we are able to continue our service to those who need us. Thanks to them, the Red Cross is there when needed most.

In the past year, the Muskingum Lakes Chapter responded to 32 local emergencies, assisted 73 military families and trained 3,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, individuals volunteered more than 7,000 hours of time to better our community.

Locally, the Red Cross is working and assisting others every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families and disaster services. In two years, the chapter, in conjunction with the Eastern Ohio AED Initiative, has distributed nearly 200 AEDs to area agencies and public facilities, making our community a safer place to live and work.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to join the Red Cross. Please give blood, or sign up to be one of our volunteers. Please participate in the Walk with a Hero at the New Philadelphia New Towne Mall on March 26. Please take one of our lifesaving training classes or give a financial gift. Please join us, and enable us to continue our work, both here at home, and around the world. Learn more at www.mlcredcross.org. Be a life saver!

Kyle Stemple

Chapter Chairman

Muskingum Lakes Chapter

American Red Cross