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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Marian Bacon

“I was surprised when they told me I was [chosen for Volunteer Spotlight] for June. I really was. But then Jeana [Jeana Bailley, Mid-South Red Cross Disaster Program Manager] was … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – June 2018

I love this time of year! Backyard cook-outs with family, summer vacation, and riding around with the music up with the windows rolled down. Although we all look forward to … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – May 2018

May 8 was World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. On this day, we honor the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to alleviate human suffering in their communities, their … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Military Kids Serve, Too: Coining Ceremony

Memphis, Tennessee, April 14, 2018. April is the month when Americans across the nation celebrate the sacrifices that millions of children have made just by being a member of a … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Tom Campbell

“Five lives have already been saved here in Memphis as a result of our smoke alarm installations,” said Tom Campbell with a calm voice that resonated with intensity and drive. … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – April 2018

The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in Memphis and join the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda and James Bomes – March 2018

Long-time volunteers Linda and James Bomes are the subjects of this month’s Volunteer Spotlight. These two dedicated volunteers live right on the border of Shelby and Tipton Counties in Tennessee. … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Mid-South Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – March 2018

It’s Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross of the Mid-South is asking people across our community to become a hero by helping us to recruit new volunteers. The … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reintegration Yellow Ribbon Event for Military Families: They’re Coming Home!

Memphis, Tennessee, March 3, 2018. A Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program was hosted by the Air National Guard at the American Red Cross of the Mid-South, 1399 Madison Ave. The program … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Volunteer of the Month, Jacquelyn Meggett – February 2018

Why do you serve? “I always wanted to work for the Red Cross and I always wanted to give back to the community. When I was younger I wanted to … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – February 2018

Working smoke alarms and having an evacuation plan saves lives! As most of you know, the American Red Cross along with countless volunteers and partners started a monumental crusade in … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – January 2018

Winter is hard on everyone with its freezing temperatures, snow and ice. The chilly weather can also be difficult for our pets and the American Red Cross has steps people … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

January 2018 Volunteer of the Month: Will Alton

Will Alton is our January 2018 volunteer of the month for the Mid-South Red Cross. Why do you serve? “I believe in being one of the first people to help … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – December 2017

It has been just over a year since our neighbors in East Tennessee experienced horrific devastation caused by wildfire. Recovering from a disaster takes time and a comprehensive network of … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Volunteer of the Month: Katarina Stran – December 2017

Katarina Stran in the December 2017 volunteer of the month for the Mid-South Red Cross. Why do you serve? “I like helping people and bettering people’s lives. I truly like … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joe Boundy: Volunteer of the Month, November 2017

“Give a kid a teddy bear and it’s the darnedest thing to watch the kid smile,” says Joe Boundy, November’s Red Cross Volunteer of the Month. Joe first volunteered in … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – November 2017

As our temperatures decrease, the number of fires in our community increase. Your American Red Cross of the Mid-South volunteers assist an average of three families a day who lose … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – October 2017

National Fire Prevention Week is October 8 through October 14. I am asking everyone join us at the American Red Cross in using this time to make a fire prevention … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

DOVEs: Red Cross Disaster Volunteers on Wheels

by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross As Hurricane Irma ripped through Caribbean islands and bore down on the coast of Florida, American Red Cross volunteers Mary and Forrest Clark followed the … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shelter Resident is a Key Helper in Red Cross Shelter

By Bob Wallace/American Red Cross   September 21, 2017, Estero Florida. Willie Joe Shotmiller is a bundle of energy, constantly in motion. Currently residing in the Red Cross managed shelter … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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
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