Inspiring Us This Week: American Red Cross

AMREDCROSS3Every 8 Minutes the American Red Cross is responding to a disaster somewhere. Their response brings so much help and hope to communities who feel like there is no hope left to have. March is dedicated as “Red Cross Month.” This month is used to honor and celebrate the every day heroes who help the American Red Cross fulfill their mission. It may not be March anymore, but we are celebrating the Red Cross and their success with all of the families that they impact. The American Red Cross Northwest Arkansas Chapter is “Inspiring Us This Week” because of the assistance they provide through thier program meeting basic needs after disaster. AMREDCROSS

“A family of five was recently helped by the American Red Cross serving Northwest Arkansas. A woman who was the head of the household, her son age 25 and three grand-daughters ages 8, 9, and 10 year, experienced a devastating fire. Red Cross volunteers were on the scene to help with comfort, a warm blanket, and a client assistance card to help meet their immediate needs for shelter, clothing, medications, and food. Every day, when fires like this occur, your commitment provides immediate relief in the form of meals, lodging and recovery assistance to help people get back on their feet. Still, these disasters happen too often-which is why your support of our Home Fire

Campaign is also critical, so we can arm families with lifesaving tools and information to prevent these events. Thank you again for standing with us. Together, we are making a meaningful difference when it matters most. “

March 7, 2012. Henryville, Indiana. A Red Cross emergency response vehicle was stationed adjacent to the Tide operation handing out coffee, hot chocolate, comfort kits, work gloves, blankets and hand sanitizer. They also provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to people in the area. In this photo Lisa Grider (white shirt), a Finance Support Specialist with the Louisville Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, holds her grandson, T.J. Wynn and speaks with Red Cross volunteer Vicki Eichstaedt. “I have worked with and cried with people on other disasters, it is so much different when it is your town, your neighbors, your family,” Lisa said. Lisa and her daughter, Tasha Grider, described the tornado bearing down on them as they raced for home in their car. “It was only a matter of seconds,” said Tasha, “we had barely made it to the basement steps when a huge tree fell on the spot where we had just stood.”__Lisa knows how important the emotional support and comfort the Red Cross offers is to devastated families. The night after the storm hit T.J. cried in his sleep, “Nana, tree break, Nooo!” The delight on T.J.’s face when he saw the TY teddy was a welcome relief to both Lisa and Tasha. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross 

Did You Know?

  • In the Northwest Arkansas counties of Washington, Madison and Benton, our dedicated staff and volunteers responded to multiple house fires each week. We assisted 226 people who were facing a devastating situation
  • We gave support to hundreds of active-duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, veterans and their families to cope with deployments and reconnect afterward. We also provided emergency communication services, support for the sick and wounded at the veterans facilities, and assistance in obtaining emergency financial support.
  • Our community is safer due to American Red Cross training and educational programs: disaster preparedness, home fire prevention, life-saving CPR and First-Aid certification, training for lifeguards, swim programs, and babysitter certification.

If you’re interested in helping this program so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

Comfort kits (toiletries) for an average of 52 people devastated by a home fire.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

A client assistance card will help an average family of 3 devastated by a home-fire meet their immediate needs for clothing, shelter, medications, and food.

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

Two families with an average of 3 people who have experienced a devastating home fire will be given a client assistance card to help meet their immediate needs for clothing, shelter, medications and food.