Thursday, August 6, 2015
Letter from Southeast Tennessee Executive Director, Julia Wright - August 2015
In the days that followed, our community came together like never before. We visited memorial sites, attended funerals, lined up along the streets with flags, and held Chattanooga Strong signs in support. Forty-four American Red Cross volunteers spent hundreds of hours providing food, water and snacks to support the military and law enforcement personnel at the Navy and Marine Corp Reserve Center as they worked tirelessly to gather evidence and clear the scene. Red Cross volunteers were also stationed at memorial sites as well as the Chattanooga National Cemetery providing hydration.
We have received an outpouring of support from local partners providing water, sports drinks, ice, snacks, and meals. Their generosity ensured we were able to provide over 1600 meals and 6300 water/snacks during the difficult days following the shooting.
As I reflect over the past few weeks, I continue to be amazed by the work and commitment of our staff and volunteers. I have truly seen our mission of “alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors” in action, and am proud to be part of such an incredible team. Thank you – to our staff, volunteers, partners and donors, for your continued support of our mission.