Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Charleston Strong

Red Cross Volunteers at the Unity Bridge Walk

Our hearts go out to everyone in Charleston affected by this tragedy. We are coordinating closely with authorities and we stand ready to assist however we can for as long as our services are needed. 
At the request of local and government authorities, the American Red Cross is providing snacks and water to victims’ family members at a family assistance center.

Red Cross volunteers have also been providing water, snacks, and emotional support outside of Emanuel AME Church each day since the tragedy. The Red Cross was also present at the Friday community vigil and the Unity for Peace Bridge Walk on Sunday. 

With mental health counseling and crisis intervention literature, the Red Cross pledges to help the Charleston community heal and begin to realize a future of remembrance and peace.

We thank our volunteers and the generous outpouring of donations and support from our corporate and community partners.

Just have to let you all know what a wonderful experience my children and I had last night. After days of deep sadness and confusion about the state of humanity, we were able to participate together in an amazing and emotionally moving event through community service.  

Jo Jones and Family
We have already had a couple of engaging conversations about our feelings and experiences this week. But our participation last night gives us so many more opportunities to converse with each other and with our friends and family.  It will be a heart warming memory among the difficult ones from this week that my children will carry with them and share with others for years to come.

So thank you for all you do and particularly for all you are doing during this difficult time. Not only are you making a huge difference for so many people in the Charleston community this week, but by organizing and supporting the volunteers you are giving us the opportunity to help in our community and begin to heal our broken hearts through community service.

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