The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.
Hi friends! For those of you that know me, I'm an eater and not a runner. However, I'm excited to say that I am running as part of Team Red Cross in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K on October 26th to raise funds to support the mission of my beloved organization. This is a first for me and I'm grateful and humbled by your choice to support me in this endeavor.
I vividly remember when I first read the words etched on the Red Cross statue before my interview at the headquarters - hairs stood and chills ran down my body. I want to share those words with you as they are ones I strive to live to every day:
I believe in the ideals of democracy and the concept of universal brotherhood. I acknowledge no barriers of country, race, class, or creed.
I believe that service to others is the obligation of mankind, that every right I claim imposes a responsibility and every possession implies duty.
I believe it is my privilege and my duty to teach others some of the knowledge and skill that I possess so that they too may know the satisfaction of competence in dealing with illness and pain.
To bring comfort to those who are in trouble, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve life is my mission.
Wherever disaster calls there, I shall go. I ask not for whom, but only where I am needed.
Any bit helps - and if you're unable to donate funds but want to get involved with the Red Cross, please contact your local chapter for ways you can help.
Thank you for your support!