The Red Cross offers a variety of free resiliency workshops year round both in person and online, to provide military, veterans and their families effective tools for facing challenges and stress.
The workshops in Maui consisted primarily of small group sessions, which served to help facilitate discussion about shared experiences among the participants, and were in Diana’s words, “a great success.” Although organizing and delivering those SAF workshops was a critical objective for her, Boyd recalls her favorite moment during her deployment was the time she spent simply conducting and overseeing the National Guard Checkpoint visits.
“It was really nice to just be interacting with the Hawaii Army National Guard,” Boyd explained, “They always appreciated the cold drinks, snacks, conversation and care our SAF team provided them.”
Simple acts of kindness and support made big impacts on those who were seeking reprieve from the distressing conditions of the wildfires.
The memories Boyd shared represent two of the many ways that Red Cross volunteers provide care and support to those all over the world who are experiencing difficult circumstances. Whether it is providing a structured environment to help those who are hurting heal, or being the friendly face with a snack and drink to comfort those battling the fires, the volunteers she worked with in Maui provided comfort in care and ensured no one faced a crisis alone.
Even though she is happy to be back home, her work to bring aid, care and kindness to our service members and their families does not stop.
The mission of the American Red Cross was born on the battlefield through Clara Barton’s care for Civil War soldiers. Today, we continue to serve the U.S. military community from the time a service member takes the oath to navigate life as a veteran. Visit redcross.org/SAF to learn more.