Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Heart of a Servant by Michelle Hankes

When Hurricane Matthew decided to pay Charleston, South Carolina a visit, he didn't know there was already a force of nature residing in the city. Sandra Klein is a retired business woman, a philanthropist and volunteer. 

Sandra isn't a donor who writes a check and then steps back and waits for results; she writes a check then follows the donation with her own skills and elbow grease. After she wrote the first check, Sandra served on event committees and trained as a disaster volunteer. She learned first hand what it meant to clients who had lost everything in a disaster to see a person with a red vest come to offer aid.

"The staff and volunteers at Red Cross are passionate about helping others," explains Sandra. "They don't have judgements or preconceived notions about people that need help. Everyone is viewed as equal and treated with respect and integrity."

The arrival of the hurricane did nothing to dampen this Tiffany Circle donor's enthusiasm for the mission.  She has been serving the disaster response, coming to the headquarters nearly every day to find out what needs to be done. There is no job too small or too large for this dynamic lady who rolls up her sleeves and announces, "Let's get it done!"

This is the heart of what it means to be a member of the Tiffany Circle which is a group of women who not only donate $10,000 or more annually but become a part of the mission as advocates and volunteers.  To be a Tiffany Circle member, it takes more than wealth, it takes the heart of a servant. 

Just ask Sandra Klein. Hurricane Matthew never stood a chance.

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