On Thursday, July 16, a deadly shooting occurred in Chattanooga, Tennessee that took the life of four Marines and a Navy sailor and injured a police officer. The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee quickly took action by providing canteen services and mental health support to bystanders and the local police department. In the days that followed, 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. Red Cross volunteers were also stationed at memorial sites as well as the Chattanooga National Cemetery providing hydration and support. Through the generosity of community partners, the Red Cross was able to provide over 1,600 meals and 6,300 water/snacks during the difficult days following the shooting.
Thank you to all those who continue to serve our mission and allow us to “alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.”