The American Red Cross has been serving the residents of Auglaize, Mercer, Allen Van Wert, Putnam, Paulding, Henry, Defiance, Fulton, and Williams since 1917, shortly after the Red Cross’ national Congressional Charter was signed. Initial services were in support of members and families of the United States Military. Soon after, the American Red Cross began providing Emergency Services to help those impacted by local disasters such as floods, house fires and severe weather.
In support of the U.S. Military during WWII, the American Red Cross developed its Blood Services Program. To this day, the Central Ohio Blood Region continues to ensure that life-saving blood is available to hospitals throughout Central Ohio. Also in the 1940’s, the American Red Cross began training the public in critical life-saving skills including CPR and First Aid.
For nearly 100 years, the American Red Cross has been a vital part of the Central Ohio community. Dedicated volunteers undergo training and turn compassion into action in neighborhoods throughout the area. The Red Cross receives no government funding; the work is funded entirely by generous donors. To make a donation or learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.redcross.org.