The American Red Cross is getting help from a builder and a realty company, both from Ellicott City, who are teaming up to build and raffle off a $125,000 house.
Apex Realty Inc. and Pacesetter Homes Inc. will donate proceeds from the raffle to the Baltimore chapter of the Red Cross, which estimates that donations to its disaster relief fund for Central Maryland are down about $15,000 after the flooding in the Midwest.
"When there's a national disaster, it's harder to raise money locally," said Linda Klein, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross.
Last year, the Red Cross responded to nearly 600 local disasters and provided more than $466,500 in direct financial assistance to families in Central Maryland, Ms. Klein said.
The chapter hopes to raise about $15,000 from the raffle, which will be conducted Dec. 22 at the Catonsville site on Prince George Road where the house is to be built.
The prize is a 1,400-square-foot house with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a full basement and an eat-in kitchen. Once the winner is known, the house will be built on nearly an acre of land.
"We hope in some way that the money will help [the Red Cross] absorb some of their loss," said Anthony Alston, Apex Realty's general manager. "Hopefully it will get across to people that the Red Cross needs something other than blood."
Tickets are $10 each and more than 1,500 have been sold so far, Mr. Alston said.
Tickets may be ordered by calling Apex Realty at 750-3700.