Dear Friends and Family,
Most of you are familiar with the American Red Cross. I am honored to say, that I serve on the Board of Directors with the American Red Cross based in Santa Ana, California.
I first became familiar with the American Red Cross following the Northridge Earthquake. My family and I were unable to live at our home for about a month following the quake. Over the years following the 94’ quake, I would continue to always see the impact the American Red Cross was making on people’s lives. Be it through disaster relief, supporting our military, blood donations, as well as education and prevention. I knew I wanted to get involved.
I began volunteering with the American Red Cross in 2007 while living in SD. I was on the DAT team, at the time known as Disaster Action Team. DAT team (all trained volunteers) wouldn’t just respond to large disasters, they would respond to any crisis in our community (home fire, someone’s cat stuck in a tree, a community after an earthquake). So, needless to say, the American Red Cross has been present in my life for a long time, be it taking CPR classes, donating blood, or being a volunteer.
Last year, I witnessed my home town and surrounding communities face yet another disaster. This came within days after the Borderline Shooting. As a town was grieving, they were all now being faced with the Woolsey fire and having to evacuate. This tragic situation broke my heart, truly. This was affecting my parents, my neighbors, my friends… I knew that my fellow American Red Cross volunteers would be there and I wanted to help. Within 2 days of the shelters opening, the American Red Cross made it possible for me to volunteer in LA. I was able to be there for my community at a local shelter and I am forever grateful for the American Red Cross. These workers and volunteers are heroes. They are there on someone’s what could be worst day, to make it a little easier. They are there to help alleviate human suffering in the face of an emergency. We are able to have the American Red Cross because of our volunteers and donors. Again, as I wrote previously, this is why I am honored to be on the Board of Directors
For over 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. As the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organization, the Red Cross is there through every imaginable crisis — from heart attacks to hurricanes — helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. In the last fiscal year in Orange County, the local Red Cross:
• Assisted 247 families affected by local disasters
• Provided 1,668 services to military members, veterans and their families
• Collected 82,385 units of lifesaving blood products in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
• Installed 3,370 smoke alarms to help prevent home fire deaths and injuries in vulnerable communities
• Enrolled more than 44,000 people in Red Cross health and safety courses
Please donate to the American Red Cross today. Every dollar makes a difference.