“It gives me hope for the world.”
Those were the words of Montana Red Cross volunteer Deborah Hayes Ferdinand who returned recently from Orland, Calif., where she provided mental health care to those reeling from the Camp Fire.
In the face of devastation and destruction, Ferdinand also saw compassion and kindness when it was needed most. And a reason for hope.
As we look ahead to 2019, the Montana Red Cross would like to thank our wonderful volunteers like Deborah and the generous donors who make their work possible. Since September, more than 20 volunteers and staffers from Montana have deployed to places like Shallotte, N.C., Panama City, Fla., and Chico, Calif., in response to massive hurricanes and deadly wildfires. Many have gone out the door more than once.
Closer to home, our volunteer teams helped Montana communities recover from spring flooding and respond to dozens of home fires each month. We also deliver lifesaving blood to Montana hospitals and provide critical support to hundreds of military members and their families.
Together we are doing amazing things, and we invite you to join us on our humanitarian journey. From Sidney to Eureka, the Red Cross offers volunteer opportunities for almost any interest or skillset. Help blood donors schedule their next appointment, make homes safer by installing free smoke alarms or staff an emergency shelter during the Montana wildfire season. Visit www.redcross.org/montana to learn more or make a donation.
Thanks again to everyone who supported us in 2018 and here’s to a year of kindness, happiness and hope in 2019.
Board Chairman American Red Cross of Montana