MIDDLEPORT —The Southeastern Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross will now have an office in Meigs County.
The chapter serves Athens, Gallia, Meigs and Vinton counties, and until last week, Meigs County was the only one not to have a branch office.
Peggy Pruitt from the American Red Cross said the agency had been looking for space in the county to house an office, and Meigs County Job and Family Services Director Chris Shank had suggested a space on the first floor of his agency’s building. The agency will have a separate office space on the first floor, with its own entrance on the side of the building.
Shank and the Meigs County Commissioners discussed the idea with the locations agreed upon by all involved.
Pruitt will be in Meigs County twice per month as she is in the other branch offices. Those dates and times will be announced in The Daily Sentinel and posted at the agency’s office in Middleport.
The office will include space for an additional table to be set up and items to be distributed in case of a disaster. There will also be a trailer brought in for shelter purposes, according to Pruitt.
Meigs DJFS employee Ginnee Lee currently serves as a volunteer with the agency, assisting with disaster relief, emergency needs and fire victims. Lee has worked with the agency for around six years.
Pruitt encouraged anyone who would like to assist or volunteer in any way to contact the main American Red Cross office in Athens at (740) 593-5273 or stop in the Meigs County office during office hours.