#191: They Help When Needed
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Many years ago while in college, my fraternity pledge brothers and I traveled to a town on the Mississippi River to help residents fill sand bags in a fight against the river's rising water level. The Red Cross was there. www.redcross.org
When FL was hit with three hurricanes within a few weeks, and when hurricanes hit Miami, New Orleans and other cities, the Red Cross was there. When tornadoes ravaged the Midwest, Red Cross helpers were on scene.
From first aid training, to operating shelters to assisting military families in times of family emergencies, the Red Cross stands ready to help.
In today's local newspaper is a story of a condo complex fire that left several families homeless. It didn't surprise me to read that within minutes Red Cross workers were on site arranging housing, food and clothing.
I never realized the extent of this organization's assistance until I read this article. Then it dawned on me just how many people volunteer their time to assist those affected by emergency situations. They ask for no pay or recognition. Their reward is in serving others wherever they may be needed.
Their selfless attitude and enthusiasm should be applauded.
I realize there are numerous organizations helping people every day across the world, but if you are left homeless because of an emergency such as a flood or fire, it seems that the Red Cross is nearly always first on the scene to help.
If you have free time and can volunteer some of it, please consider this organization. Your neighbors will appreciate your efforts.