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Oklahoma Red Cross Touches Lives In Kenya

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For over the past 130 years, the American Red Cross has worked with the Global Red Cross and Red Crescent efforts.  As a result of this partnership, more than 70 countries have been aided during disasters and 100 million lives have been impacted. Universality, one of the key fundamental values that help to support the overall vision and mission of the American Red Cross, states that “all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.”  This is an important principle to remember especially in regards to the international services that the American Red Cross provides.

Recently, Oklahoma City Red Cross volunteers touched the hearts and lives of children in Kenya. This group of volunteers, the Sewing Ladies, unites every Thursday to handcraft different gifts of all shapes and sizes. In the past, the Sewing Ladies have made thousands of stockings for the holiday season as well as blankets for the VA Hospital and stuffed animals for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Each gift has a special, personalized American Red Cross tag attached to its seam.
On this particular occasion, some of the carefully handcrafted stuffed animals found their way across the Northern Atlantic Ocean and into the arms of several African children in Kenya. A family member of an Oklahoma Department of Human Services employee took these gifts on recent trip. These precious treasures provided a warm smile and a taste of joy to the children and families of Kenya. Even though the American Red Cross Oklahoma City chapter was not heavily involved in this particular trip to Africa, these gifts served as a reminder that the American Red Cross is always present and ready to provide aid through its services locally and globally. These stuffed animals remind us that even the little things that the Red Cross volunteers do make a difference. Every Red Cross chapter has the potential to impact the world.
The American Red Cross maintains its strength because of the caring hearts and constant support of our volunteers. Even though these gifts may be small, each one is crafted with love and care for a child in need.

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