Friday, June 12, 2015

Letter from Southeast Tennessee Executive Director, Julia Wright - June 2015

Volunteers in Action!

This spring saw seemingly endless flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest, impacting thousands of residents all over the Lone Star State of Texas and Oklahoma.  Since early May, 1,800 Red Cross workers have opened 37 shelters, served over 40,000 meals and snacks and handed out over 34,000 relief items and cleaning supplies in Texas. In addition, 40 emergency response vehicles are distributing food and relief items in the communities and additional volunteers and vehicles are on alert if needed.

It is exciting to see the Volunteers of Tennessee responding to help other states in their disaster relief.  We have had 42 volunteers from all eight Chapters in Tennessee on the ground in disaster stricken areas. Some of those volunteers are still in Texas serving as clean-up and recovery is still in full swing.  These volunteers are a testament to the hard work everyone has put in to ensure we have a volunteer workforce prepared, trained and ready to go in times of disaster- not only in our state, but across the Nation.

A special thanks goes to our Southeast TN Volunteers who are currently deployed in Texas:
Thomas Myers, ERV Driver
Larry Miner, Shelter worker

I am very thankful for our volunteers and their dedication to serving others during disasters.  You too can help those affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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