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San Diego Resident to deploy to the Middle East with American Red Cross

SAN DIEGO, January 28, 2011 - Abigail Canady of San Diego is preparing for her first deployment with the American Red Cross to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Canady will deploy for the next five months to support the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces serving in Operation Enduring Freedom/New Dawn.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to support the people who sacrifice to serve our country,” said Abigail Canady. “These service members and their families endure untold hardships to ensure the security of our country’s freedom. I am glad to do what I can to ease those hardships.”

Abigail Canady will staff an American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) office that plays a critical role as an emergency communication conduit between military members and their families back home. Emergency messages often are delivered by the Red Cross workers who live and work alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. When they are not delivering emergency messages, deployed Red Cross workers help keep up morale by maintaining a 24 hour canteen service, offering free internet access, a movie and book lending library, toiletries, homemade bread and providing a place where military personnel can see a friendly face or take some time to relax.

The opportunity to serve and to do something meaningful called Canady to this job but most importantly, her experience as an army wife has shown her the importance of the Red Cross to military families. Along with the excitement and nervousness that comes with any first day of work, they also have the extra challenge of living in a very different environment, immersed in military culture. Luckily, her sister who has been serving the Red Cross for seven years will not be too far away at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

“The American Red Cross has supported the U.S. Armed Forces for more than a century. Last year, the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter assisted over 30,000 military families,”

said Joe Craver, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. “On behalf of the American Red Cross and the military families we serve, we would like to say thank you to Abigail for donating her time to selflessly serve our heroes in uniform.”

SAF programs of the American Red Cross provide assistance each year to 1.4 million active duty members, 800,000 members of the National Guard and Reservists and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans.

The core SAF programs offer:

  • Service to Military Families
  • Service to Military and Veterans Hospitals
  • Emergency Communication Services
  • Now in times of modern conflict, as in past decades of war and peace, the Red Cross carries out its mission “to provide humanitarian support to service members, veterans and their families, around the clock and around the globe.”

    About the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

    The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.

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