Red Cross says ‘thank you’

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014

To the Editor:

March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and supporters for enabling us to provide our vital services to our communities.

During the recent winter storm, Red Cross mobilized more than 100 volunteers to assist those that were left cold and hungry by widespread power outages throughout the Palmetto SC Region.

We opened 29 shelters in our region including seven in the Lowcountry, and we served more than 26,000 meals and snacks in conjunction with our partners.

Because people in our community gave of their time, treasure and blood, Red Cross was able to help 5,689 people affected by disasters in our region last year, distribute 119,735 units of blood cells to area hospitals, assist 2,653 military families and train 7,569 people in lifesaving skills.

We thank those who generously give of their time, treasure and blood so that we can continue our work, and we encourage everyone to join Red Cross in helping their neighbors.

That vital work could not be done without the support of our volunteers who selflessly give of their time to give back. Our volunteer to staff ratio is an impressive 168 to 1!

The Red Cross is a true volunteer organization.

March is a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood, taking a Red Cross class and making a financial donation to support Red Cross services to our community.

Mason Holland

Board Chair

Carolina Lowcountry Chapter

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