Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Letter from Northeast Tennessee Executive Director, Glenda Bobalik - December 2016

'Tis the season for hurrying about, spreading good cheer, and sharing time with family and friends. 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 2016.  You have made our communities stronger with the dedication and commitment you deliver each day.

Those who support us financially made it possible for us to help the family who lost their home to fire or severe storms. The residents of Northeast Tennessee proved once again that they are caring and supportive as they responded to the devastating wildfires by making a financial donation, which makes our services possible.  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 recent storm.  At all times day and night, volunteers respond when called to help people impacted by emergencies.  A phenomenal response occurred as we responded to Gatlinburg and Chattanooga disasters, all while ensuring those affected by disasters here at home were assisted as well.  Thank you.

Last week, volunteers delivered 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 you are an unbeatable force for good in our community making this an even better place for all of us to live.

‘Tis the season for giving thanks and so, I wish you a very happy holiday season and a heartfelt THANK YOU for all you do!


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