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Jonesborough’s own Sandy from the Red Cross goes on deployment to the Northeast

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JONESBOROUGH – November 15, 2012 – For a local American Red Cross Regional Development Officer, her deployment to White Plains, NY on Friday, November 16 is personal, and more than just the coincidence of having a hurricane “named after her.” “When Sandy came churning through the Caribbean and up the Eastern Seaboard, of course my family and coworkers poked a lot of fun at my expense, comparing me with a hurricane,” said Sandy Matheson from the Red Cross. “What can I say; I’m a force to be reckoned with (laughs).” In her short time with the organization, Matheson has led her sales team in both raising and leveraging millions of dollars across East Tennessee to support the mission. Travelling between Tri-Cities, Knoxville and Chattanooga, she has become an expert in working out of her car or whatever office space may be available and always has a smile and encouraging words of endearment for her team. She will be taking her organizational skill and infectiously positive attitude on a two-week deployment to an area of the country that she says, “Could really use a hug.” Naturally, she will be fundraising. Matheson has been a veteran of many campaigns throughout her professional career of supporting health and human service causes. Since the beginning of the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief campaign, donors in the East Tennessee Region have contributed more than $100,000 and for that, she is grateful. The Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on your donations. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or mail donations directly to the local American Red Cross at 501 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. The Red Cross is currently seeking additional volunteers in Northeast Tennessee. For information, you may contact (423) 378-8700.