Dear Red Cross family,
As you know, 2013 has been a busy year. We have worked hard to bring assistance quickly to those hurting so much from fires, tornadoes, floods, separation from family and much more. Just when you think you are so tired you can’t walk one more step or bear to see one more family who has lost so much – something happens that makes you know you can do whatever it takes.
One day while working a disaster, another responder and I stopped late in the day to get something to eat. I know we looked dirty and tired. As we sat there a woman and her husband came up and said “We don’t want to interrupt – but we just wanted to say thank you for being here to help. My sister lost all she had in the tornado and we are here to help her – and we just wanted to thank you for coming to help us all.”
I feel honored every day to work beside our staff and volunteers – providing help and hope to our neighbors on behalf of our faithful donors! In the words of Helen Keller,
“I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as if they were great and noble.”
As we look forward to 2014, and the many hard tasks we know we will be faced with, I want to thank each and every one of you for making it possible for the American Red Cross to be such a pillar of strength in the communities we serve across southern Missouri. From the east to the west we are accomplishing amazing things and doing our part to provide incredible services to our neighbors every day.
We are excited to introduce this e-newsletter which will provide you with information about happenings around the region as we continue to work together closely as “One Red Cross” locally and across the country. Thanks for joining us for another year. Together we will continue to provide help and hope through whatever storms we may be faced with.
American Red Cross Regional CEO