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Losing a Father, Finding Love

Red Cross volunteers Faith and Jonah share how they met and fell in love
Red Cross volunteers Faith and Jonah share how they met and fell in love.

This Valentine’s Day, Jonah and Faith will be the first to tell you: Love is in the air! While their story begins with heartache, this couple credits the American Red Cross with their meeting and providing the support needed to get through tragedy to find love.

FAITH’S STORY Faith’s father, COL David Frankenhauser, was stationed in Korea. Three weeks prior to retirement, he was struck by a bus and killed. Faith’s mother, a nurse with the Army, drove her four grown children from the Baltimore area to Washington Dulles International Airport to receive him when he was returned to the United States.

The Red Cross began a relationship with the Frankenhauser family that day, including taking the family and their chaplains out to dinner after leaving the airport. The family has attended the Red Cross, White & Blue events for families of the fallen ever since.

JONAH’S STORY Jonah's father, Major Robert Marchanti, was killed in Afghanistan while working in the Interior Ministry building. He was in the Maryland Army National Guard and a local school teacher. He also has four grown children, and since his death, the Marchanti family has attended the same Red Cross, White & Blue events.

Jonah and Faith met at one of the Red Cross events and quickly became friends, even attending a church service later that day together. The couple now volunteers with the Red Cross, having completed their first assignment delivering Girl Scout cookies donated to troops.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Jonah, Faith, and the Red Cross.

Learn more about the Red Cross and Service to the Armed Forces.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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