Donors and Volunteers Instrumental in Preventing and Responding to Disasters

Michael CarrollDuring this season of renewed hope and thanksgiving, the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus reflects gratefully on the generosity of our donors and selflessness of the volunteers who enable us to help our neighbors who faced disasters and other emergencies this year.

Here at home, across the country, and around the globe, our donors and Red Cross volunteers made personal sacrifices to enable us to teach lifesaving skills like first aid and CPR, to provide a vital link between military members separated from their families, to respond to disasters large and small, to accept and distribute lifesaving blood to hospitals, and to transport senior citizens and others to essential medical appointments.    

This year, for example, the Columbus Red Cross responded to hundreds of local home fires, America’s most frequent disaster.  24/7/365, our volunteers brought meals, blankets, safe shelter and shoulders to cry on to families; helping them to get started on the road to recovery. We also trained thousands of local citizens to prepare for disasters before they happen, deployed more than a dozen local volunteers to bring relief to the victims of the spring floods and tornadoes that ravaged eight states, and supported relief operations for the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

We don’t know what 2012 will bring, but a year without disasters and other emergencies is unlikely. What’s certain is that the American Red Cross, supported by our donors and volunteers, will answer the call whenever and from wherever it comes.

Heartfelt thanks to all who are part of our work.

Michael Carroll
American Red Cross of Greater Columbus

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