Two American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteers attended Army Reserve Family Day Event at Fort Totten, in Queens, N.Y., July 14. They provided information on SAF and other American Red Cross services to about 20 military members and their families. Attendees then enjoyed an afternoon of picnicking and activities following the morning briefings.
On July 13, at a Pre-Deployment Briefing in Brooklyn, N.Y., two SAF Volunteers briefed 20 Marines and their family members on SAF services prior to their deployment. This information is part of the Red Cross’ “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” SAF program. Additionally, volunteers provided Blue Star Flags and other giveaways to families in attendance.
Thirteen Red Cross volunteers, six of whom were part of the Red Cross SAF team, were on hand in Hastings-on-Hudson between July 4 and July 7 when “The Moving Wall," a replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was exhibited there. The volunteers took shifts acting as greeters, sometimes accompanying visitors to the wall.
“Everyone reported how meaningful and touching it was to be a part the event,” Jackie Jones, Greater New York SAF lead, said. “It was quiet and respectful as a steady flow of families and individuals viewed the wall.”
The Red Cross relies on the volunteer spirit and financial generosity of the American people to support America’s military families. Today, as always, the men and women of the American Red Cross continue to show our appreciation for the dedicated service and patriotic sacrifices of America’s military men and women and their families by being there to support them wherever they are and whenever they need us. Learn more about the SAF program.