Monday, June 8, 2015

Regional Executive Corner with Joel R. Sullivan - 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 41 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.

Kudos to our Nashville Area Chapter volunteers who deployed to Texas:

Tom King
Rene King
Bob Stafford
Susan Scott
Chris Schuler
Virginia McKenzie
Mary ‘Cathy’ Conners
Marty Pearson
Russell Yap

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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