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Local Before and After School Program Raises Money to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims

(L to R) Open Door Care’s Lutherville center Director, Talatha Sherrill, Red Cross Director of Volunteers, Pam Tice and Red Cross Volunteers and Uses Specialist, Hannah Gibson pose along with some of the children responsible for the fundraiser.
(L to R) Open Door Care’s Lutherville center Director, Talatha Sherrill, Red Cross Director of Volunteers, Pam Tice and Red Cross Volunteers and Uses Specialist, Hannah Gibson pose along with some of the children responsible for the fundraiser.
Open Door Care, a before and after school care program serving Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford Counties, recently raised $300 to assist with the Red Cross Relief efforts following the tornado in Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The children at Open Door’s Lutherville Elementary center raised the funds by collecting loose change and holding a bake sale.

“We have a program called The World of Good Club, which provides an opportunity for the children and staff to give back to the community through service and meaningful contributions,” said CEO and Founder of Open Door Care, Jeanne Murphy. “The children choose where they would like to lend their efforts to make a difference. It’s very touching to be a part of.” 

The deadly tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma and adjacent areas, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others. The tornado was later labeled an EF5 and had peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour.

“It is because of donations from organizations like Open Door Care and other agencies that the Red Cross is able to provide relief to communities after devastating disasters like the one that struck Oklahoma,” said Scott R. Salemme, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region. “Whether the disaster happens here in Maryland or across the country, the Red Cross is ready because of you.”

The children presented a check to Red Cross representatives at the Lutherville center on June 13, 2013. For more information about the American Red Cross or to make a donation, visit http://www.redcross.org/. For more information about Open Door Care, visit www.OpenDoorCare.com.  





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