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Letter to the editor: Share in joy of being Red Cross volunteer

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

I have the privilege of being a Red Cross volunteer.

It’s a very special honor to walk a few steps with the person who has just survived a disaster: the house fire down the street, the flood or the tornado in another state.

He stands with the clothes he escaped in. He expresses gratitude to me for coming, while my heart bursts with the beautiful gift he gives me, allowing me to share this moment in his life.

The Red Cross trains us and sends us out with the tools needed for many diverse functions: serving food out of those red-and-white trucks, dispensing critical supplies, caring for medical and mental needs, helping replace medications and medical equipment, client case work, and many areas of operation management. We are transported, well-fed and sheltered at no personal cost.

The purpose of this letter is twofold: to invite and encourage you to join us — about four classes gets you qualified — and to ask you to treat yourself to de-cluttering your life. Our shelves and closets are sagging with clothing and household goods we will never use or need.

The family who just had a house fire or other disaster has nothing and needs everything.

Your donation to our local agencies makes you an active participant in disaster, and you, too, will have that joy of sharing the walk.

Sylvia Christian