One cold, rainy December morning, while the hustle and bustle of the holiday season reached its peak, hundreds of homes were being inundated with water and mud in the quiet city of Highland. While countless residents evacuated their homes with only the clothes on their back, the Red Cross was there providing a dry and warm refuge for dozens of residents.
A week later, Sandy Jackson was bathing her two young children. She smelled smoke and walked toward the laundry room only to find it engulfed by flames. She wrapped her children in towels and ran to a neighbor’s house to call the fire department. After the flames were knocked down, Red Cross volunteers were there to assist the Jackson family during the most trying time of their lives, providing shelter, food, clothing and emotional support.
While Private Gordon was serving his country halfway around the world in Afghanistan, his family was mourning the loss of his grandfather back home. The family wanted Private Gordon to know of the situation, but they did not want to break the news via email. Within 24 hours of contacting the Red Cross, his unit’s chaplain and a Red Cross worker brought the news in person to Private Gordon.
365 days a year the Red Cross provides critical services in our community, across the country and around the world.