The Coshocton County Beacon April 3, 2019 - Page 3

Red Cross providing disaster assistance and education By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Since the beginning of this year, local American Red Cross disaster relief volunteers have re- sponded to 11 fi res involving 14 families. “I did almost that many all of last year,” said Doug Ca- ton, disaster relief volunteer lead and county supervisor. “I think we did 14 all of last year.” When Red Cross volunteers respond to a fi re, they provide the residents of the home with blankets, kits full of personal hygiene items, and funds on a prepaid card to replace clothing and for a two-night hotel stay if they do not have another housing option. Diapers can be provid- ed to families with infants and toys are given to children. West Lafayett e starting lease a fl ag program WEST LAFAYETTE – Th e West Lafayette Lions Club and Rotary Club of West Lafayette announce their joint community project to lease an American Flag. Res- idents in the Village of West Lafayette and the sur- rounding area can lease a fl ag for $25 a year from these two civic organizations. Club members will place a 3x5 fl ag in your yard a few days before the six patriotic holidays and will remove it after. Th e clubs will be responsible for the storage and maintenance of the fl ags. Th e six patriotic holidays are Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Consti- tution Day, and Veterans Day. Th e fl ag put up on Labor Day will fl y through Sept. 11. Sign up forms are available seven days a week at Ridgewood General Store LLC located on Main Street. For more information, call Bob at 740-502-3112 or Dan at 740-610-6068. Th e Red Cross, however, isn’t just on the scene of the fi res. Volunteers also are doing prevention work to help prevent other disasters from occurring or being as bad. Heather Walker, disaster relief volunteer, said you can call the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross at 740-844-2017, tell them what county you reside in and ask for smoke alarms. Volunteers will come install them and the batteries for them that Caton said have a 10-year life span. “We are reaching out to 4-H groups and other youth groups that need to do community service to help us out with this,” Walker said. Th e Red Cross also is bringing its pillowcase program to the county, which is designed to teach children about being prepared for disasters such as fi res, tornadoes and fl oods. More volunteers are always welcome to help the Red Cross with its disaster relief programs. An online train- ing, along with face-to-face instruction and a background check must be completed. “Our workforce is 90 percent volunteers,” said Tim Cal- lahan, disaster program manager for the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Th ey are invaluable. Th ey respond whenever we need them whether it’s 3 a.m., a weekend or a holiday. When we need them they are there.” For more information, visit Th e local Red Cross offi ce is located at 416 Main St. and its phone number is 740-622-0228. Spring Sale SPRING SALE Save 10% on Any LAZBOY purchase or special order (Excludes already discounted or clearance items) Contributed | Beacon We’re making room for our new EASTER EGG HUNT Our Current Serta Perfect Sleepers are at Closeout Prices! Roscoe United Methodist Church “Leading Souls to Christ” Pastor, Dale Sutton Sunday April 14 th • 4:00 PM Children Ages 1-8 Years Miss Tulip the Easter Bunny will be available for photos! CARPET & FURNITURE FREE TO THE PUBLIC 475 High St (Roscoe Village) Coshocton 740-622-7780 APRIL 3, 2019 0047_040319 230 Main St. • Coshocton Towne Centre • 740.622.6237 STORE HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm • Sat 9am - 3pm THE BEACON 3