Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, March 4

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saluting the work of the Red Cross

To The Editor:

March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities

across the country and around the globe -- and of how we depend on public support to help people in


Thanks to support from individuals, organizations and businesses here in Middle Tennessee, the

American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small; help members of the military,

veterans and their families; provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills.

We want to thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, both here at home and

around the world. You can help by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving


The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food,

emotional support and other necessities to those affected. We provide 24-hour support to members of the

military, veterans and their families, collect and distribute more than 40 percent of the nation's blood

supply and train more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in the Middle Tennessee area, the Heart of Tennessee Chapter responded to 96 single family fires,

assisted 175 military families and trained 4,659 people in lifesaving skills. In addition, people from this

area donated 8,000 units of blood.

Red Cross Month is the perfect time for people to become a part of our mission and help people in need

by making a donation, volunteering, giving blood or taking a class. Please help us help those in need --

please support the American Red Cross.


Jan Beard

Board Chair

Heart of Tennessee Chapter

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