Not ALL Heroes Wear Capes
Organized by: Katy Hagstrom
My passion for disaster relief began with a mission trip to Biloxi, Mississippi where I was blessed to have the opportunity to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes. For me, this trip was life changing. I knew this was what I was meant to do for the rest of my life.
I always knew what I wanted to do, however, I was unsure of the path that would take me to a lifelong career of disaster relief. After some research, I decided to pursue a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. Through this journey I was lead to the American Red Cross of Tennessee River. I am beyond grateful for the experience to volunteer with others who share my passion. The dedication of those who I work with is boundless. On a daily basis, we help families affected disaster. These disasters can range from individual house fires where families have lost everything, to entire counties that have been affected by large scale events such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes.
Donations allow volunteers to be the hands and feet in providing immediate needs to victims affected. Immediate needs may include food, clothing, and a warm place to stay. These donations also provide hot meals, water, and coffee for first responders such as police officers and firefighters during extended emergency calls.
Recently, our executive director, Faye Anderson, came to me with the idea of a Heroes Campaign. This campaign is designed to get people excited about disaster relief and be a part of the Tennessee River Chapter legacy. Those who raise $1,000 or more will be recognized as an American Red Cross Hero and proceeds will be used for disaster relief. I was instantly motivated to be a part of this initiative.
Today I am asking for a small donation to help me meet my goal of $1,500. Every penny is appreciated and will be well received. If you are unable to donate, I have a small request, please share this page to as many people as possible. Words are powerless to express my gratitude for each of you who have read my story and choose to donate or share this page.
It is through your donations that the American Red Cross can provide hope and assurance for those in need.