Red Cross director is guest speaker for Toronto chamber

TORONTO – The Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross was discussed during the city chamber Thursday luncheon meeting at the North River Avenue Christian Church.

Kathy Musso, agency director, told chamber members about the agency’s duties, including the local chapter assisting fire victims, and the agency responded to 33 incidents in the county in 2012, said Musso.

Many assume the Red Cross is a government agency, but the Red Cross relies on donations and volunteers, according to Musso. Volunteers do everything from mowing the grass to answering the phones, stuffing envelopes and driving trucks to disaster sites, said Musso. Volunteers always are welcome, and there are opportunities to volunteer anytime, she added.

“The Red Cross goes where the disaster occurs,” said Musso. “Foreign countries are assisted with supplies, but no funds are sent outside the U.S. The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt. Families remain displaced, as permanent housing is widely unavailable.”

Musso also said the agency often acts as a communications link to military personnel. The agency also partners with the Veterans Administration to assist veterans.

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and swimming lessons also are available through the agency, she added.

The agency will be sponsoring a Fore Man Scramble golf outing June 23 at East Springfield Golf Course in East Springfield. Those interested in participating can pick up an application at the agency headquarters, 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, or call (740) 264-7244.

In other business:

It was announced the chamber’s style show raised $1,284, and co-organizer Dani Swearingen was thanked for coordinating the event.

It was announced the Mike Shuma Healthy Heart Run/Walk would be held on July 6.