Following the devastating earthquake this past January in Haiti, the American Red Cross worked to turn despair into hope. At the Red Cross of Central Maryland we witnessed an incredible outpouring of public support for our relief efforts. Individuals and groups ranging from area churches, local schools and corporations all opened their hearts and their wallets so the Red Cross could provide medical assistance, clean drinking water, food and shelter to the people of Haiti when they needed it most.
While we are still on the ground working in Haiti, we are also hard at work in our community every day serving the needs of local families. These services usually go unnoticed by all except the ones in need of our help. Nearly three times a day, Red Cross of Central Maryland volunteers provide area families with food, shelter, clothing and other essential help after a disaster.
For example, during the height of the region's recent record snow fall, it was widely reported that Red Cross volunteers assisted residents seeking shelter from the storm. What was not reported were the numerous times during the blizzards that Red Cross volunteers braved treacherous conditions to assist local families who were experiencing yet another type of catastrophe -- home fires. These individual disasters strike families in Central Maryland more than twice a day.