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Summer 2007

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The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.


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Preparing for Tomorrow's Fires, Today

Mary Beth Provost
Mary Beth Provost

"People hear about the natural disasters and give then," says Mary Beth Provost. "But they don't give to provide for the services the Red Cross provides day-to-day."

Working in the health club business, Mary Beth can fully appreciate the benefits of Red Cross Preparedness Training in first aid and CPR. And the entire community benefits from relief the Red Cross provides for the local disasters that don't make the newspaper like house fire relief in which families get shelter, food, clothing and medicine.

Mary Beth provided for the American Red Cross in her will to help us prepare for these services beyond her lifetime. And in her estate planning, she found yet another service from which she could benefit: "The Red Cross does a good job of helping to understand the different kinds of investments and bequests."

Mary Beth Provost caught the volunteer spirit early. Taking a cue from her charitable family, she served as a hospital candy striper when she was young. As she grew older, the American Red Cross sparked her interest and because of her early volunteer background, she was prepared to pitch in.

In addition to her financial contributions through estate planning, Mary Beth is a third-year Red Cross Board member and contributor to its HR Committee, Service and Delivery Committee and Heroes Campaign. Mary Beth is dedicated to helping the Red Cross be prepared for its everyday services. It's this daily support, she says, that needs the public's attention.

For Mary Beth, everyday preparedness is the number one hope for her financial contributions to the Red Cross: "You don't want to count on tomorrow's funds to cover today's fires."

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