Red Cross helps county

Published 3:13 pm Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shelby County Red Cross staff and volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster — whether it is down the street, across the country or around the world.

The Shelby County Red Cross is here for you and your neighbor down the street.

In the past year, we assisted 66 people who experienced a fire, flood or other disaster; we assisted 14 families with emergency communications to loved ones in the military; and trained more than 1,900 people in CPR, first aid and other lifesaving skills. Through Project SHARE, we assisted 155 individuals with their utility bills. And, people from this area donated more than 2,000 units of blood.

When the Frankie Roberson family in Vandiver lost their home to fire, Shelby County Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to the scene, providing assistance with clothing, shoes and food.

When a Montevallo family needed to get a message to their loved one thousands of miles away, Shelby County Red Cross Service to Armed Forces volunteers were at the other end of the phone, making sure the information was communicated quickly.

When Candlewood Suites wanted their employees to get trained in Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED, Shelby County Red Cross instructors provided the training at one of their monthly classes.

When the elderly or disabled need assistance to pay their utility bill, Shelby County Red Cross Project SHARE caseworkers are available to help — either in our office on Valleydale Road or at one of our outreaches in Vincent or Montevallo.

When you need us, Shelby County Red Cross is there for you. March is Red Cross Month, and we want to thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.

Red Cross Month is a great time for you to get involved with the Red Cross – donate blood; sign up for a CPR, first aid or other Red Cross course; give a financial gift that can save the day when the next disaster strikes; or get involved as a volunteer.