I have personally dealt with the American Red Cross twice in my life. The first was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I headed a “penny drive” at my daughters’ elementary school. We raised $1,000 and presented it to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. It was such a rewarding experience.
A few years later, I met with two gentlemen from the local chapter of the American Red Cross. It was around 1 a.m. and I was standing across the street from my house. A few firemen were still going in and out of my house, handling the legwork of securing a home that had just withstood a major fire. They had to identify hot spots and hose them down, as well as remove portions of walls and floors that were still smoldering.
These two American Red Cross representatives sat with me, asking me what I needed, and telling me what they could do to help me. They booked a room at a local hotel for a two-night stay and provided me with a gift card to buy necessities, and another for meals. They also gave me some toiletries to tide me over.
Let me tell you what that moment is like, when you’re in the position of having to figure out your next step in a disaster. Shock is one way to describe it. Confusion, fear, stress…they are all accurate descriptors of my emotions that evening. I know one thing — I don’t ever want to feel anything like that again. I was numb. My entire world was upside down. Not only was my home destroyed, but my furniture, my clothing, my shoes, my books…you name it.
I had nowhere to go and no one to turn to that night. If the American Red Cross hadn’t come to my rescue (I don’t even know how they got there!), I don’t know what I would have done. I had the clothes on my back (this was an instance when that was literally true) and nothing else. The few things that weren’t completely destroyed by fire, smoke, or water were damaged and unusable.
So what would I have done? Slept in my car? What would I do after I spent the little money I had on food and a toothbrush? I have absolutely no idea…but I didn’t have to figure that out. The American Red Cross figured it out for me. I can’t even put into words how important they are, and how important their services are when you’re in need. You pray you never need them but if you do, you thank God for them. There seems to be no end to the work they do, and the help they provide.
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