Letters: Red Cross, other volunteers lift up our community


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Posted Online: April 25, 2013, 3:04 pm
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This week, Red Cross volunteers from around the country have come to the Midwest, and here to the Quad-Cities, to assist with the flood relief efforts. We are humbled and words simply cannot express our gratitude.
This is National Volunteer Week and our office is bustling with activity as volunteers and staff work together to meet the needs of families that have been impacted by area flooding. Each volunteer has a story and a connection to the mission of the Red Cross that renews my own passion for this organization.

Each year, Red Cross volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to local families faced with rebuilding after local individuals after disasters, such as home fires and flooding.

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting, and other lifesaving courses.

They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these vital skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.

Volunteers support blood drives that help save lives every day. And they provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking service members to their loved ones during an emergency.

If you want to give back to your community, become a Red Cross volunteer.
To volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/quadcities.

Betsy Pratt,
regional chief
executive officer,
American Red Cross

















 



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