Editor:

Helping people in times of need and changing lives is what the Red Cross is all about. This summer, we celebrate our 95 anniversary serving Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties. People know Red Cross is in our community, but they often don't know what we are all about.

They see Red Cross on large scale disasters or at local blood drives. Individuals may only think of Red Cross during these visible times. But the Red Cross is much more than that. Our 150 volunteers are changing lives on a daily basis in the three-county around the clock to make our community a better place to live and work.

What is it all about?

It's preventing drowning by teaching kids to swim; it's helping bring a servicewoman home to be at the bedside of her ailing father; it's providing life-saving CPR and first aid training to your neighbor; it's educating youth how to be safe at school and home; it's distributing smoke detectors to needy families; and it's offering Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to police, fire, schools and nonprofits.

That's what it's about!

We are not a government agency and rely on the generosity of our local community to provide our services. Together, businesses, foundations, individuals and community partners allow us to reach out to our hometown.

In some fashion, most people have been touched by the Red Cross. You may not always see us, but we are there when help is needed. Please consider assisting us and our community by volunteering, donating blood, taking a class or making a contribution. Call 330-343-8633 or visit www.mlcredcross.org. Help change lives right here starting with your own -- get involved!

Chad Conrad

Executive Director

American Red Cross

Muskingum Lakes Chapter