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#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.
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  • PEPPERLEAH
    Years ago, when my hometown was all but totally destroyed by tornadoes, the Red Cross was there. We were without electricity for WEEKS. I remember how important it was to see the truck coming around the corner each morning, and how it meant so much to be able to get a cup of hot coffee for my Mom. There are so many things, like that cup of hot coffee, that are so missed and needed at times of disaster. I am thankful for the Red Cross (and other organizations like them) who step up at times of need, and reach out to those affected by such hard times.
    4118 days ago
  • WORDSINMOTION
    I so agree that volunteering is a special gift some folks have to offer others in need. I so admire those that step out of their comfortable home and get their hands dirty. I need to become a volunteer, it's something I think about, but have yet to do. Good posting on the importance.
    4118 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    I can tell you, Lou, that the week after Katrina was harrowing for us, and I wish our municipalities would take lessons from the Red Cross. They were in place with practical help almost instantly. They earned my undying devotion at that time. Such an efficient group of dedicated people who actually KNOW how to help people in crisis. Thank you for highlighting them!
    4119 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    You have really hit me with this! I never thougtht of them just this way. I just always thought of them as "being there". How dumb of me...talk about take them for granted! Thanks for the eye-opener, Lou. They truly are to be commended.
    4119 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    How easily we take great organizations and helpful people for granted. You have highlighted a terrific group of folks!

    in His service,
    Karen
    4119 days ago
  • DKAB55
    One of my goals this year is to volunteer; I think the Red Cross will be a great organization to start with...thanks for reminding me what being a Christian is truly about.
    Blessings...D
    4119 days ago
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