Local American Red Cross chapter celebrates 100 Years

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Thursday was a special day for the local American Red Cross Chapter here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Not only does June 15 mark 100 years for the local Red Cross chapter, but it also represents how long volunteers have been reaching out and touching lives in our community and across the country.

On Thursday, the Red Cross held an open house to give residents a chance to learn more about what the Red Cross has to offer and how to become more involved.

Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia, stressed how important the volunteers mean to her and how over time traditions do not change.

“Can you imagine 100 years of volunteers giving direct services to the area’s communities? They are amazing people and this is why we are celebrating today," she said. "The volunteers do everything and maybe it’s not the rolling of the bandages like they did for WWI but now we can teach what to do with the bandage in first aid class.”

While celebrating, the Red Cross wants to remind you that it’s never too late to help out for whatever may come in the next 100 years.

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