The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Serving members of the military, veterans, and their families has been a cornerstone of the American Red Cross mission since Clara Barton began her humanitarian work on the battlefields of the Civil War. Service to the Armed Forces remains loyal to its mission today as it provides comfort and care to the service men and women who bravely sacrifice to ensure our nation’s freedom.
At the Mid-South Red Cross we honor our service men and women each year with a robust Holiday Mail for Heroes Program, which involves the creation of holiday cards to be distributed to service men and women around the world during the year-end holiday season. So far, 5,163 cards have been collected that were made by individuals from sixteen different community organizations, and additional cards are expected from the 15 school groups who were invited to participate. All cards must be in to the Mid-South Chapter by the end of this month. If any other group would like to join the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program and can get cards made by the end of this month, they should contact David Compton at the Mid-South Chapter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an effort to increase awareness of the entire Red Cross mission, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program is now part of the Red Cross Holiday Campaign. The Campaign encourages Americans to give truly meaningful gifts during the holiday giving season, whether those gifts are inspirational holiday cards for the brave men and women serving our country, life-saving blood donations, or volunteer help to those in need. The gist of the Red Cross program is to encourage and empower people to “Give Something that Means Something”.
Making the decision to become a Red Cross Volunteer is one such meaningful gift. Red Cross volunteers provide humanitarian help to people in need throughout the year. As the holiday season approaches, we at the Mid-South Chapter encourage our friends and neighbors to think seriously about joining us as volunteers. Supporting those in need in our communities, either at the local or national community level, provides a powerful reward to both those who are served and those who do the service.
To learn more about volunteering, go to the Mid-South Internet page at http://www.redcross.org/tn/memphis and click on the “Volunteer” link on the left side of the page. The Volunteer page also has a link to an online Volunteer Application. To read about some of our dedicated volunteers, go to our blog site at https://midsouthredcross.wordpress.com/ and click on the “Volunteers” link on the left side of the page.