Friday, December 11, 2015

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

'Tis the season for hurrying about, spreading good cheer, and sharing time with family and friends.  What a wonderful spirit is present as we gather to celebrate the holidays.

As we come to the end of this year, I want to thank each of you for the support you have provided to the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee during 2015.

Those who support us financially make it possible for us to help the family who lost their home to fire. When volunteers gather and head for the site of a disaster, you have made it possible for them to have the training and materials needed to help our neighbors.  Thank  you.

Others provide support by giving their time and talent to serve those in need like the family who lost their home to falling trees during a storm.  At all times ,day and night, volunteers respond when called to help people impacted by emergencies.  Thank you.

Today, volunteers are delivering holiday cards to veterans as part of the support they provide to active duty, retired and veterans of military service all year long. Emergency communications provided to active duty military helps to keep our families strong.  Thank you.

Building a more resilient community is an important role of the Red Cross.  Preparedness presentations educate people on steps to take to prepare for emergencies.  Disaster education, First Aid, CPR, water safety, and so much more are provided in our communities by volunteers making our community safer. Thank you.

So many volunteers do a variety of unique activities that support our ability to provide Red Cross services in the community.  Data entry, vehicle management, facility upkeep, special projects, administrative support, and many more critical services are provided by these dedicated volunteers.  Thank you.

Whatever your role with the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, you are an important member of our team.  Together, we are an unbeatable force of good in our community, making this an even better place for all of us to live. 

I wish you the very happiest of holiday seasons.


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