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12/7/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: Red Cross helped after Sandy

I recently returned from two weeks in New York as a Red Cross volunteer. I went to help those hurting from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. It was my first time to be deployed for a natural disaster. I was greatly impressed with those volunteers in charge of managing so many of us on such a massive scale. Ninety percent of Red Cross is that of volunteers. That means that 90 percent of the volunteers have learned that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. That means that 90 percent give freely of their time and talent to help those in need. That means the 90 percent are inspired and humbled by those less fortunate than us.

I have seen first-hand the devastation that Hurricane Sandy left, but I also experienced the love of New Yorkers affected by the storm. I worked in shelters with those who had lost everything and who slept on cots next to strangers. Those strangers soon became friends who shared the same misfortune. They were a humble, grateful, inspiring people. I was honored to have been a part of their lives as a messenger of hope. They taught me the meaning of gratefulness for what I have.

I would encourage anyone with a compassionate heart to consider joining the Red Cross. Currently in Kingman there are only five faithful Red Cross volunteers. I know Kingman can do much better than that. Our leader is a young man named Austin Creswell. You can reach him at (928) 446-1766 or austincreswell@redcross.org. Tell him you are interested in learning more about being a Red Cross volunteer and come to our next meeting in January. We need you and those in the next disaster will need you even more. Join us and you will find yourself blessed.


Connie Wagner


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

It could be Connie that people are turned off with the Red Cross when they found out how much money the CEO makes.
I have yet to figure out why the CEO of the Red Cross deserves to make so much when like you say 90% of the people with Red Cross are volunteers.
If they really wanted recognition they should be more like the Salvation Army....they get my spare change!
Thank you for your volunteerism.

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