April 19, 2010
Celebrating People in Action
What do we call people that, with willing hearts, give to their community week after week, year after year, expecting nothing in return? We call them volunteers.
At the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross, more than 1000 volunteers know the satisfaction of helping others. They know Magic Johnson was right when he said, “You’re the only one who can make the difference.”
Red Cross volunteers save the day. They provide a place to stay and emotional support when their neighbors are faced with a home fire or other disaster. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers connect military families, work at blood drives, and, in general, take the actions needed to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and blood the Red Cross has received from the citizens of Southern Missouri. Thank you. Without your gifts we could not fulfill the Red Cross mission.
National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite you to join us. If you are not a volunteer, give the Red Cross a try. Red Crossers are people who are trained to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergencies. Right now we especially need people who can work in our offices to help those who have lost their homes due to home fires in the days following the fire. We are always looking for those that may not be able to volunteer to help with our day to day needs, but can serve during times of disaster to provide food, shelter, and comfort to those who need it the most. To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Recruitment office at 1-866-206-0256 extension 200. You can also reach us on the web at www.redcross-ozarks.org/volunteer/ or by eMail at VolunteerServices@Redcross-Ozarks.org.
You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013, or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.
Public Information Officer
Financial Development Assistant
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO. 65803
417-832-9500 EXT. 107
Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107
*** A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles , causing widespread power outages.
Click on the link www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady for more information!