The Amer­i­can Red Cross office in Defi­ance County may be clos­ing.

It’s due to low local fundrais­ing.

The county office at 1220 S. Clin­ton St. in Defi­ance is under the Toledo regional office, which cov­ers 16 coun­ties. County offices in Napoleon, Bryan, Wauseon and Ottawa are also affil­i­ates of the Toledo office.

The Defi­ance office was expected to raise $60,000 in local funds this fis­cal year, which ends June 30.

Right now they are stand­ing at only $47,000.

Offi­cials say that local dis­as­ter relief efforts would con­tinue if the county office is closed, but another out of area office prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to do the extra one-on-one work.

A fundraiser called “Bash*43512″ is planned for Sat­ur­day, May 11 at the UAW Local 211 hall in Defi­ance.

Admis­sion is $5 at the door and addi­tional dona­tions will be accepted. For more infor­ma­tion or to make a dona­tion, call 419–782-0136 or send a check payable to Amer­i­can Red Cross of Defi­ance County, 1220 S. Clin­ton St., Defi­ance, Ohio 43512.

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