In 2018, Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 3,000 people affected by home fires and other disasters throughout the region. They also helped train thousands of people in lifesaving skills and provided more than 14,500 services to military members, veterans and their families.
In December 2018, during the Nashville Christmas Parade, trained bystanders rushed to the aid of Wade Payne, a freelance photographer and Red Cross volunteer, as he experienced a heart attack.
“I was looking for a way to give back with the blessings I received.” Payne said. “It was just a natural progression. I learned there is so much to do with the Red Cross.” He is a volunteer photographer for the Red Cross. “I enjoy the visual aspect in showing what the Red Cross does. Many don’t know about things like Sound the Alarm and just how much they help people in disasters. If I can help save a life, then I’ll tell my story. It’s not about me. It’s about helping others.”
BECOME A VOLUNTEER Learn more about volunteer opportunities by visiting redcross.org. To donate blood or platelets, eligible individuals can make an appointment by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
HELP SOUND THE ALARM TO #ENDHOMEFIRES Visit SoundTheAlarm.org/Tennessee to join a special volunteer opportunity to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise lifesaving funds, as part of a national two-week push of Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events, including:
· April 27, Memphis, Tennessee, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
· April 27, Brownsville, Tennessee, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
· April 27, Smyrna, Tennessee, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
· April 27, Nashville, Tennessee, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
· April 27, Clarksville, Tennessee, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
· April 27, Knoxville, Tennessee, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
· April 27, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
· April 27, Johnson City, Tennessee, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.