Caroline Oswitt of Northbridge dropped by the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts offices in Worcester Monday, June 24 and brightened the day for the Red Cross staff with her compassion and concern for people in Oklahoma following the recent spring storms. At just eight years old Oswitt, organized a fundraiser for Red Cross disaster relief.
When she heard about all of the destruction in Oklahoma, Oswitt knew she had to help. She asked her school principal if she could bring cans to school to collect coins. After she had permission she decorated canisters, placed them around the school and began to raise money. She then convinced a local bank to run the coins through their coin machine. The result was a nearly $600 donation to the Red Cross.
Oswitt presented a check for $565.52 to Pat Gauthier, Red Cross Director of Foundation Giving and Community Support on her visit to the chapter on Monday. “It’s heartwarming to see this young lady engaging in humanitarianism,” said Dawn Leaks, Red Cross Director of Communications. “This donation will go a long way to help in the aftermath of the recent storms.”
A month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the American Red Cross is providing help and comfort with food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support — and we will be there for people in these communities in the months ahead.
The Red Cross is helping people every day with food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support. Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning.
You can see all the Red Cross is doing to support the Midwest and Oklahoma here: Oklahoma & Midwest Tornadoes.