Volunteers are the American Red Cross. They are a part of everything that happens here.
Their power is immeasurable; their value, incalculable. Without them, the symbol of the Red Cross would be just a hollow shape. They are the heart and hands of our organization and they give the Red Cross meaning and reach.
When a disaster strikes, you see our volunteers in action. They bring comfort and hope to those who find themselves with nowhere to go and nowhere to turn. In the recent tornadoes that struck the South and Midwest, one disaster victim told us, “The Red Cross is always there when these things happen … they are always there.”
Multiply the contributions of any one of the 515 local volunteers by our half-a-million Red Cross volunteers across the country. It lifts the heart and boggles the mind to realize the strength of service the Red Cross can provide through this cadre of volunteers.
April 15 through April 21 is National Volunteers week. It is a time where the Red Cross recognizes those individuals who accomplish our mission in central Illinois. Their selflessness and dedication make us who we are and help us to reach thousands of people right here at home with lifesaving and life changing services.
To all of our volunteers, I say thank you … thank you for your sacrifice, your passion and your drive to reach out a hand of compassion to those who need the Red Cross. You are my inspiration, and make me proud to be part of the American Red Cross.
Anne M. Fox
Chief executive officer
American Red Cross — Central Illinois Chapter
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