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Grant Red Cross finally finds a home

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The Grant County Unit of the Red Cross has finally found a home.

The organization had bounced around for several years.

In tough times they met in a donated space that contained mold, mildew, mice and rats.

“It was simply unacceptable to bring clients in there or hold meetings, especially area meetings with volunteers from other counties in that space,” said Diana Morgan, the unit’s team leader.

When the Grant County Judicial Center was completed and all court functions moved from the courthouse, space became available.

The Red Cross officially took up residence in Oct. 2010, and will show off their new space during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 15.

‘We want the public and businesses who support us to visit our new home and meet our volunteers,” said Morgan.

The new office space also contains enough room for storage for clothes, cots and emergency kits.

Last year, the Grant County Unit assisted 30 families or 105 individuals totaling more than $30,437.

“What people don’t realize is that the money raised in Grant County helps Grant County families,” she said. “That money goes in our budget and is kept locally.”

The Red Cross’ primary purpose is to help in times of disaster – tornado, flood, fire, etc.

The majority of the calls for assistance in Grant County are from families left homeless and without belongings due to a fire.

“Our main role in Grant County is to get them through the next 24 hours and then they are put in touch with a case worker in Cincinnati who follows them until they get back on their feet,” Morgan said.

She said the office gets numerous calls requesting help with utility bills, but that’s not the purpose of Red Cross.
March is Red Cross/CPR month and in conjunction with that, members of the Grant County Unit are asking the community to donate money to keep the efforts going.

“We don’t have the money to mail all the residents of Grant County and ask for a donation, but any help that can be given to us would be welcome,” Morgan said.

Morgan, of Dry Ridge, has been a volunteer with the organization for 15 years.

“It started with the Falmouth Flood of 1997,” she said. “They were recruiting volunteers and I was already teaching a CPR class so they asked me to become a volunteer.”

Morgan just wanted to give back and she’s hoping that other community members may also want to join the seven volunteers who make up the Grant County Unit.

“We definitely would welcome more volunteers,” Morgan said.

DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO:
Grant County Unit of American Red Cross
P.O. Box 769
Dry Ridge, Ky. 41035
Office – Basement of Grant County Courthouse
859-630-3460
Open House: 1 to 3 p.m. March 15