Thursday, January 12, 2017

Letter from East Tennessee Executive Director Michelle Hankes - January 2017

Happy Birthday!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the American Red Cross in East Tennessee. It's hard to imagine all of the changes that have taken place in our counties over the last ten decades: technology, transportation, communication, diversity, medicine. Each of these is vastly different from what was the normal of 1917.

Change is difficult, and the American Red Cross is no different than any other organization as it adjusts to provide the same important disaster services as needs have evolved.

But some things have stayed the same. The American Red Cross continues to rely on volunteers to serve their neighbors. Our programs are delivered through the generosity of community donors--not a government line item. Red Cross volunteers are the first to provide care after a disaster.

Over the course of this year, we will be highlighting stories about volunteers past and present, celebrating the fact that East Tennessee is part of the Volunteer State, and we will be looking forward to another 100 years of delivering the Red Cross mission.

Michelle Hankes

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