Thursday, May 7, 2015

Letter from Northeast Tennessee Executive Director, Glenda Bobalik - May 2015

This is one of the busiest times of the year.  Everyone is hurrying to grasp the final moments of spring and move quickly into summer.  As you make plans, please take a minute to mark June 2nd in red on your calendar.  Two events are happening that day in our Red Cross world.

First, on June 2nd at 5:30 pm, we are having an All-Volunteer Meeting for the people who make up the spirit and strength of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, our volunteers.  A variety of topics will be discussed along with a town hall type session where you can ask questions and share ideas. 

We plan to have fun, share stories, and, of course, eat.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings are on the menu. 

This first All-Volunteer meeting will be at the Kingsport office.  Hopefully, future meetings will be in other offices so we can all become more familiar with the chapter’s service area. 

We are the Northeast Tennessee Red Cross team and the more we get to know each other the stronger we become.  Each of you does an outstanding job of delivering the services of the Red Cross.  Together, you are truly phenomenal.

Second, we are launching our first Giving Day on June 2, asking people to make a donation to the Red Cross to help ensure that help is available wherever and whenever people need it.

Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope. For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the community’s support.  Support of Red Cross Giving Day is a promise of better days ahead for those in our community who have lost everything.

Red Cross Giving Day is a 24-hour national fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross in communities across the country each and every day. The theme of Giving Day is “All In One Day” because the Red Cross is “all in” every day, helping people to get back on their feet.

On June 2nd, we have 24 hours to turn compassion into action.  On this one day, please join me in asking people to donate to the Red Cross so we can be there to help people in need.

To take part in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, please visit  All in one day, working together, we can bring help and hope to people when they need it most.

So, mark June 2nd on your calendar and prepare to have some fun!

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