Thursday, May 5, 2016

Letter from Heart of Tennessee Executive Director Mike Cowles, May 2016

Greetings! Warm weather is here and you know what that means: The chance of storms becomes greater! Are you prepared?

You don’t have to look any further than your television or smartphone to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas to understand the magnitude of the natural destruction that has occurred and the effects it has on the residents of those states.  We have been very fortunate in Tennessee this spring, with very little damage from storms.  Even so, it is important to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency.  Does your flashlight work?  Do you have enough food and water stocked up?  Are your plans up to date in case you have to evacuate your home?  These are just a few of the steps you need to take to be ready.

When you think of the Red Cross my hope is that you know us as a neighbor who is willing to reach out and lend a hand.  When called upon we start the process of rebuilding lives but the only way we are able to do that is with your generosity.  If you feel led, I encourage you to volunteer some of your time with us and see first-hand what it’s like to make a difference in a person’s life - because there is no other rewarding experience like helping someone.  The other way you can help is by making a financial contribution, which will enable us to provide much needed services to victims of disaster, military personnel, those who need lifesaving blood and training citizens in life saving skills.  Stop by today and see where you fit in at the American Red Cross.

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