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South Miss. Red Cross Celebrates Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Martha Duvall, martha.duvall@redcross.org or 228-369-9886

South Miss. Red Cross Celebrates Volunteers during National Volunteer Week,

Kicks-off with Appreciation Breakfast April 22

BILOXI, MISS., MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013 — This National Volunteer Week, April 22-27, the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners, beginning with a kick-off appreciation breakfast for active volunteers, Monday, April 22, 8 a.m. at the Island View Casino in Gulfport.

“Volunteers power the American Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Jay Huffstatler, South Mississippi Chapter executive. “We want to thank our chapter volunteers for all that they do, as well as the Island View Casino for sponsoring the appreciation breakfast.”

The Red Cross is also encouraging people who have been thinking about volunteering to take the plunge. People wanting to make a difference should contact the South Mississippi Chapter to learn about getting involved.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in South Mississippi and in communities across the country, as on average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee. These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been washed away in a flood or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill.

American Red Cross volunteers...

• - Teach first aid, CPR, swimming and other lifesaving skills.

• - Respond to disasters and reconnect families separated by disasters or conflict.

• - Support blood drives across the country.

• - Help veterans, members of the military and their families in the U.S. and overseas.

Red Cross volunteers are united by their service and the feeling that in changing others’ lives, their lives are also changed. To volunteer, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org and apply online or call one of the South Mississippi Chapter offices.

About the American Red Cross Mississippi Region:

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of 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 mississippi-redcross.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

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