American Red Cross of Mid-South

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.

Memphis Fire Hits Close To Home Just Days After We Serve Day

This year, as part of We Serve Day, about 20 ServiceMaster employees volunteered to train elementary school children about fire preparedness, fire safety, and basic CPR. The team, led by … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – August 2017

Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Sound the Alarm We are quickly approaching our Sound the Alarm. Save a Life event on October 7. We need 200 volunteers to Sound … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Bradsher: Volunteer of the Month, August 2017

 “It is so compelling when one sees the need,” said Charlotte Bradsher as she recalls her husband admonishing her to “remember, that this [her Red Cross work] is a volunteer … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – July 2017

This summer, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Red Cross Responds to Memorial Day Weekend Storm

On Memorial Day weekend a massive storm front pushed across the State of Tennessee leaving destruction in its wake. Memphis received the most damage, but the storm continued across the … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Busy and Demanding Day for Receptionists at American Red Cross of the Mid-South

Memphis, Tennessee, June 6, 2017. American Red Cross workers Deborah Underwood (left) and Dianne Garner (right) had a demanding day yesterday. Due to some misinformation circulating on social media, a large … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Red Cross Responding To Recent Storm Damage

Updated Information Regarding Feeding Assistance Sunday, June 4, 2017 The American Red Cross is on the ground providing food, relief supplies and other support to help people across Shelby County. … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Red Cross Conducts Mobile Feeding in Aftermath of Severe Mid-South Storm

Memphis, Tennessee, June 2, 2017. The American Red Cross continues to provide food to people who are in areas of the city where electrical power has not been restored. The … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

When severe weather strikes, there’s an app for that

Reprinted with permission from ServiceMaster Connect an internal communications document from The ServiceMaster Company, LLC. June 1, 2017 8:56 pm CDT This past weekend, Memphis experienced the third largest power … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andre Flagg: Volunteer of the Month, May 2017

After joining the American Red Cross as a volunteer this past August, Andre Flagg quickly moved from being a trainee on a Disaster Action Team (DAT) to the DAT Captain … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – April 2017

The American Red Cross of the Mid-South is honoring its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 23 -29. Volunteers are truly the … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ronnette Moore: Volunteer of the Month, April 2017

Born in Long Island, New York, the youngest daughter in an Air Force family, Ronnette Moore grew up in South Carolina, the location of her father’s last duty assignment before … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – March 2017

March is Red Cross Month is the perfect time to honor our Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies. During Red … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frances Metheny: Volunteer of the Month, March 2017

“One of the truly spectacular things about the Red Cross, is that the Red Cross serves humanity,” says Frances Metheny the March volunteer of the month. “Last summer I was … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – February 2017

As most of you know, wildfires recently forced the evacuation of thousands of people from the Great Smoky Mountains, including the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Your Red … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jerry Sharp: Volunteer of the Month, February 2017

Jerry Sharp, a volunteer since March 2016, is the American Red Cross of the Mid-South Volunteer of the Month. Jerry supports operations specialist Maggie Atkinson, from whom he has been learning … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – January 2017

The New Year marks a major milestone for the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. The chapter will celebrate a century of service in the Mid-South. Since we were chartered … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Childhood Friends Reunite as Red Cross Volunteers

By Carl Manning American Red Cross Gatlinburg, Tennessee, December 6, 2016 Paul Meeks and Bob Wallace grew up just a few houses from one another in Memphis, Tennessee. They often … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – November 2016

Tis the season for giving! All you need to do is walk into a store to realize that the holiday shopping season is upon us. As you are making your … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – October 2016

When an emergency occurs, it is important for families to stay safe and connected. The Red Cross Emergency App proudly sponsored by ServiceMaster does just that! It covers 14 different … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – September 2016

It’s National Preparedness Month! During the month of September, I encourage you to create a fire escape plan so everyone in the household knows what to do if a fire … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lana Wallace: Volunteer of the Month, September 2016

  “We make a living by what we get.  But we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill Four-year Red Cross veteran, Lana Wallace is this month’s Volunteer … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – August 2016

Summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate blood supply due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session. Despite the season, the … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mid-South Residents Can Assist Thousands Affected by Flooding in Southern Louisiana

The American Red Cross of the Mid-South is recruiting volunteers from the general public who can deploy to Southern Louisiana to assist with relief efforts in response to unprecedented flooding. … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

David Compton: Volunteer of the Month, August 2016

In January of 2012, David Compton became a new volunteer with the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. He quickly found his niche in the Service to the Armed Forces … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – June 2016

As summer arrives in the Mid-South, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, or enjoying fireworks. Although we all look forward to having fun this summer, the … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Larry Bomar: Volunteer of the Month, June 2016

The American Red Cross of Mid-South Volunteer of the Month for June is Disaster Action Team (DAT) Captain Larry Bomar, who responds to home fires, does case work follow up, and … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Allan Shepard: Volunteer of the Month, May 2016

May’s Red Cross Volunteer of the Month is Allan Shepard. Allan was born and raised in Kansas, where he attended high school and college before joining the Air Force. After four … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – April 2016

National Volunteer Week is April 10-17 and your American Red Cross of the Mid-South is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need. Nearly 600 volunteers … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of a Red Cross Disaster Response: 2016 Louisiana Spring Floods

By Bob Wallace/American Red Cross Alexandria, Louisiana, March 28, 2016. “Where did all that water come from?” mused a Louisiana resident. It’s a question that many Louisiana residents have asked … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Red Cross Volunteers Sacrifice Holidays to Serve in Louisiana

By Carl Manning/American Red Cross (Note: Carl Manning is a Red Cross public affairs volunteer from Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently deployed in Louisiana to help with the Red Cross relief … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Dog Named Lucky in a Red Cross Shelter

Story by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross  (Note: Bob, a public affairs volunteer at the Mid-South Red Cross, wrote this story while on deployment in Northwest Louisiana assisting with the Red … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Special Care at a Red Cross Shelter

Story credit: Bob Wallace/American Red Cross (Note: Bob, a public affairs volunteer at the Mid-South chapter, wrote this story while on deployment in Northwest Louisiana assisting with the Red Cross … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn-March 2016

Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need. They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring rescue to people facing … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Elaine Clyburn Appointed to West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission

Congratulations to long-time American Red Cross Volunteer Elaine Clyburn on her appointment by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission. This appointment gives Clyburn a third … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ted Parrish: Volunteer of the Month, March 2016

Ted Parrish is the March Red Cross Volunteer of the Month. He is a complicated man. Sometimes it seems as though two voices take turns speaking with his mouth. One voice is calm, … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn-February 2016

As temperatures have decreased, the number of home fires in our area has increased. Your American Red Cross of the Mid-South volunteers assisted 99 families just in January who lost … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Linda Brown: Volunteer of the Month, February 2016

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen. ― Mother Teresa There is a difference in a life that is lived primary for the self and one that is … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – January 2016

Red Cross staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly into the New Year to support families impacted by disasters in at least 18 states. As many of you are aware, … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Flood Safety Tips

Memphis, Tenn., December 30, 2015 – With the Mississippi River now at flood stage, the American Red Cross of Mid-South urges you to prepare for potential flood situations now. As … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – December 2015

The American Red Cross is making it easier than ever to give a meaningful—and enduring—gift of support, strength and hope to someone who needs it this year. Thanks to the … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bob Wallace, Volunteer of the Month, December 2015

Red Cross Volunteer of the Month, Bob Wallace, is an accomplished eclectic: a scientist, a writer, a photographer, a teacher, a beekeeper, a singer, a parent, a grandparent, and quite … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – November 2015

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood, so it is likely that you or someone you know will need blood or blood products in their lifetime. Your American Red … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jason Trinklein: Compelled to Serve as a Red Cross Volunteer in a City He Loves

Mid-South Red Cross Volunteer Bob Wallace, currently deployed to Charleston, South Carolina, sends this story about a spontaneous Red Cross volunteer who is providing an important helping hand assisting Mid-South Volunteer … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Elaine Clyburn: Volunteer of the Month, October 2015

Elaine Clyburn’s father gave this advice to his daughter, “If you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your wrist.” She has sought those … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – October 2015

The more prepared we are at home directly relates to how resilient we are as a community. The American Red Cross has another great tool for teaching children how to … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – September 2015

September is National Preparedness Month and serves as a great time for ALL of us to prepare ourselves, our families and our workplace for disaster. Disasters can strike at any … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Linda Bomes: Volunteer of the Month, September 2015

The terrain of Linda Bomes face reveals a rollicking sense of fun, a calm connection to the earth, and the wisdom of a Cherokee elder, although she is still much … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – August 2015

Finally, everything you need to know in an all-in-one Red Cross Emergency App! The new, all-inclusive Emergency App from the American Red Cross provides people with instant access to emergency … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Erin Deery: Volunteer of the Month, August 2015

A highly competent and accomplished college student, Erin Deery has played an important role at the Mid-South Red Cross this summer assisting our Volunteer Services Department. During June and July … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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