When going out on disaster responses, clients frequently ask me why I volunteer for the Red Cross and why I would come “all the way there” to help them. My response remains the same, disasters can and will happen to any of us. I know others would be there and do the same for me if roles were reversed. I feel it is my obligation as a community member and citizen to provide support where I can. For me, that is volunteering my time and skills as a mental health counselor (and occasionally sacrificing a few nights of sleep). Whether the disaster is in California, Puerto Rico, or right here in the Merrimack Valley, we are all members of one community.
We can all do something, it doesn’t matter how small. Every little bit counts.
There are many ways you can offer your support. Volunteering time, services, money, and donating blood are just a few.
When you donate to the Red Cross, your donation is used efficiently. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested directly back into humanitarian services and programs.
Please think about what you can do. These disasters might not be impacting us directly today, but they can easily impact us and our families tomorrow. We owe it to each other 💜