Friday, January 13, 2017

Regional Executive Corner with Joel R. Sullivan - January 2017

Happy New Year!

The year 2016 was one of the busiest years in recent history for the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross.  From home fires and floods, to tornadoes and wildfires, our volunteers showed up when our neighbors needed us most.  Our volunteers were deployed across the Nation to share their time and talent in large disasters. These deployments were in addition to the home and apartment fires we respond to every day.

We provided help and hope to service members and their families in their time of need and prepared them for deployment, as well as, welcomed them home.  We taught lifesaving classes in CPR and provided critical blood to patients who needed it.

Our fabulous donors also shared their treasure to ensure that the resources were there to accomplish our mission.  Here’s a look at some of the services we provided together in 2016:
(January 2016 – November 2016)

2,596 home fire responses
8,277 smoke alarms installed
5,731 children prepared for disasters and emergencies through the Pillowcase Project
71,192 blood donations
4,339 services provided to military members and their families
5,511 volunteers

These numbers are very impressive.  I am very proud of our Tennessee volunteers sharing their time, talent and treasure in ways much greater than I could have imagined.

Thank YOU, for continuing to serve the great State of Tennessee.  I look forward to another great year serving with you in 2017!

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