Red Cross to clean its Homeless Shelter Oct. 27

The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross will clean its Homeless Shelter and the neighborhood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Red Cross Homeless Shelter, 809 Cedar St., needs volunteers to assist with detail cleaning, landscaping and cleaning the surrounding community. Volunteers can participate by helping with the clean-up and/or donating cleaning products, tools or food for the helpers on this day. To make this event a success and a better place for the shelter’s guests, the Rock River Chapter also requests donations of personal hygiene products, socks, washcloths, towels, bathrobes, soaps and laundry soap. Donations can be dropped off at the Red Cross Homeless Shelter Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Red Cross depends on volunteers, who are 98 percent of their total work force. Call the Rock River Chapter at (815) 963-8471 to get more information about how you can make a difference.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest U.S. supplier of blood and blood products. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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