Bennett Stampes credits the American Red Cross for helping him through some tough times while he was serving in the military during World War II. Inducted into the Army at age 18, he saw Red Cross personnel everywhere he served and came to think of them as happy reminders of home.
“In most cities, there were USO clubs, and a lot of the time, there were representatives from the Red Cross there,” Bennett remembers. “No matter if in the USA or abroad, the Red Cross bands on the arms of caring people were there, with a smile or a donut and coffee.”
For many years, Bennett and his wife, Shirley, have contributed annually to a long list of charitable organizations, including the Red Cross, and recently decided to establish a charitable gift annuity with the Red Cross. They like the idea of making a larger contribution during their lifetimes, as well as receiving monthly payments for the rest of their lives.
“We are getting older each day,” Bennett adds. “We thought, why don’t we go ahead and…give to charities that handle charitable gift annuities?”
The Stampes are excited that their contribution will bring comfort and cheer to those who serve the country, just as the contributions of those before them did for Bennett.
“We would like to know the Red Cross will always be there comforting the weary servicemen and women involved in serving the United States at home and abroad,” Bennett says. “A cup of coffee, donut or pastry with that charming smile and good American greeting are blessings we in the service missed so much while away from home.”