This week I found out that the Red Cross is hosting a “Giving Day” on March 28th with the goal of encouraging people to give to the Red Cross in order to help families in the middle of disasters. Seeing this opportunity come up, totally took me back to a few months ago when my own city was in the middle of devastation from Hurricane Harvey. I can still remember watching the Red Cross trucks drive in as they set up emergency shelters and provided aid throughout Houston. I was amazed at how organized the process was, they had easy ways to sign up and volunteer at the shelters and kept people coming and going in shifts so volunteers wouldn’t become over tired and to maximize the resources being used. Instead of too many volunteers at certain times, and not enough at others, they kept people organized and a steady stream of people being put to work. I know several people who were housed in one of the red cross shelters downtown, and they were able to stay for quite some time until they could start rebuild their lives. All of the Hurricane Harvey drama reminded me of the last huge hurricane that I experienced. When Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana my family was able to go spend some time doing relief work. This was the first time I was up close and personal with the work that the Red Cross does. It is amazing to think back on both of these experiences and see how this organization has been helping with disaster relief on such a huge scale for decades. With Giving Day around the corner I am proud to be able to parter with the Red Cross and share this giving opportunity with you. Almost every 8 minutes the Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything in a disaster. This can be on a huge scale like the hurricanes, or smaller disasters that are more localized to one family, such as a home fire.
Those first few hours can be the most difficult and devastating, which is why the Red Cross is asking for our help on Giving Day! $88.50 can provide a family with food, blankets and other essentials to get them started the first day after a disaster. Your donations will make an impact in people’s lives during some of the hardest days of their lives! You can GIVE NOW to help fund the Red Cross’ mission to help those in need.
During huge natural disasters, so many people mobilize to help those who need it most. I thought this was a wonderful idea to raise funds for the disasters that we might not see coming. These funds will allow the Red Cross to help people that we might not ever get to meet or hear about ourselves.
If each of us committed to give the $88.50 to #help1family just think of the amazing things we could all do together!
Have you ever seen a natural disaster up close? It’s not fun to think about, but I do cherish the memories of seeing all the people joining together to help one another, making bitter times of life, just a little bit sweeter!
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