When people talk about American Red Cross volunteers, you hear words like hero, sacrifice, inspiration—and love.
Take the response to Superstorm Sandy, for example. More than 16,800 trained workers—90 percent of whom are volunteers—have rotated through and delivered help. Red Cross volunteers were there, providing food, shelter and hope, at Halloween, at Thanksgiving, during the December holidays and on New Year’s Eve. More than 700 workers are still on the ground.
This year, people are thanking Red Cross volunteers with personalized Valentines. You can read their messages online.
What People are Saying
Many messages have recognized the love that volunteers show to others in need. “I am overwhelmed by your giving nature and readiness to serve,” writes Barbara Carty of Tucson. “How grateful I am that you are doing such deep loving work. You are more than a person, more than a name....you are love in unconditional action.”
Martha Allen from Matthews, N.C., writes, “Love comes in many forms. You give the hands and feet to the true meaning of love, which is giving of yourself to another. Thank you volunteers for loving your fellow man with your whole heart.”
People sending Valentines know that being a Red Cross volunteer takes hard work. “A heartfelt thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” writes fellow volunteer Elizabeth Hotaling from Albany, N.Y. “You are the "Heart" of our community.”
Amber Giller from Vicksburg, Mich., writes, “Valentines is usually about love. For all you volunteers it is also about compassion, kindness and helping others when the help is most needed. Thank you for all your hard work and love that you extend to all those in need.”
Messages expressed a deep sense of gratitude for the work of Red Cross volunteers. “In so many ways, on so many days, [Red Cross] volunteers rise to the challenge and answer the call to serve,” writes Betsy Hammar from Boise, Idaho. “For this, there is no amount of gratitude big enough to say how much their work means to others.”
“Thanks for your dedication to helping people,” writes Cathy Gobrecht of Marietta, Ga. “I know you all are angels on Earth sent to help and encourage those who have lost hope.”
And then there are the people who express their appreciation in verse, such as Mike Peoples of Charlottesville, Va. “Roses are Red and Violets are Blue, there is no other Volunteer quite like you!” he writes. Peoples adds a sentiment felt by many on this special day, “I want to wish you a Happy Valentines Day and Thank You for all the hours you volunteer for us at the Red Cross.”
Send Your Valentine
Every day thousands of Red Cross volunteers are selflessly helping communities prepare for emergencies; bringing hope and comfort to people affected by storms and natural disasters; teaching lifesaving skills; working at blood drives; assisting veterans, members of the military and their families; and, well, just being awesome.
The American Red Cross invites you to send a Red Cross Volunteer a Valentine to thank them!