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Heroes exist with Red Cross

Everyday heroes exist in our small town communities in the Ohio Valley, and for that we’re thankful.

We’re talking about the many volunteers with the American Red Cross who unselfishly give of their time to this worthy agency. These volunteers help victims of fires and floods, they donate blood, and they donate water and food to stave off hunger.

In fact, every eight minutes American Red Cross volunteers bring help and hope to people in need.

The American Red Cross has, in its more than a century of existence, come to the aid of thousands and thousands of people. And, yes, there are thousands of Red Cross administrators and volunteers across the nation and the world who have saved the day time and time again in so many ways following disasters and emergencies.

The local chapters in our area are made up of volunteers who are there to help their neighbors. They are blood donors, class takers and financial supporters.

You or someone you know may have been affected by a fire or some other disaster, such as flooding or a tornado. Tragedies occur, sometimes leaving victims injured, homeless or hungry.

As we have always said, luckily, behind the victims of disasters stand the people of the American Red Cross. Long known for its blood drives and being on the scene of man-made or natural disasters, the American Red Cross has been steadfast in its mission to provide for victims in need.

Our local chapters make sure families are assisted with food, shelter and clothing following fires. Red Cross officials and volunteers sometimes work around the clock in freezing temperatures to provide the basic needs of life to those affected.

But the Red Cross helps in many other ways, too. It works with the military to relay messages about family illnesses, deaths, births and other emergencies, and the organization offers health and safety programs, including adult, infant and children cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid instruction as well as lifeguard training.

So we applaud the work of the many Ohio Valley volunteers who give their time and talents and rededicate themselves each and every day to help others through our local Red Cross chapters.

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