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Red Cross Receives Grant for Military Family Support

The funds provide childcare and meals at our monthly programs, an annual military family picnic and holiday dinner, special programming for military kids, and the support our local military families count on.

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is getting help from a philanthropic group of local women for their work to support service members, military families and veterans. Handbags That Help has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Red Cross to fund the Armed Forces Family Network in 2013.

“We are very grateful and excited about the grant from Handbags That Help,” says Executive Director Todd James. “The funds provide childcare and meals at our monthly programs, an annual military family picnic and holiday dinner, special programming for military kids, and the support our local military families count on.”

James says the grant will also fund marketing efforts to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Family Network and the programs, support and resources the Red Cross offers for service members, military families and veterans.

Today’s military families – active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans – are spread across the United States. Many live far from military installations and the support services they offer – but few are far from a Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross addresses the unique characteristics of today’s military service members and their families, enabling and empowering military families to successfully prepare for, manage and transition through the challenges of military life.

The Red Cross Armed Forces Family Network meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. in Findlay. Free child care is available. For more information, call 419-422-9322, visit http://www.redcross.org/hancock or e-mail hancockcountyohinfo@redcross.org.

Handbags That Help (HTH) is a local women’s giving circle formed in 2007 by a group of women committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the Greater Hancock County community by collectively funding significant grants to charitable projects. In six years, Handbags that Help has granted more than $262,000 to support local nonprofit organizations.