Letter: Red Cross is alive and well

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2000

Red Cross is alive and well in Southeast Alaska. I realize that many of you thought that Red Cross left Juneau when our blood donor program was discontinued. Although the Chapter Board and Staff are saddened at the loss of this program, we want to assure you the Red Cross will continue to supply our hospitals with the blood that is so vitally needed.

The local Red Cross staff of three and volunteer base of over 250 are available seven days a week to continue to provide 24-hour help to people in need. We are located at 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau and our phone is 463-5713.

Last year your local Red Cross helped 11 families that lost their homes to fires in Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines, Sitka, Thornbay and Angoon by providing food, clothing and shelter. We have shelter agreements in place with local facilities for times of major disasters and hundreds of volunteers are trained to respond to disaster locally and 21 are trained for national disasters.

The Red Cross trained over 3,000 youth in lifeguard and water training through the pools in Southeast Alaska last year while 4,093 people learned the lifesaving techniques of CPR and First aid. The Red Cross is also the link for military personnel and their families and our caseworkers provided 50 local families with counseling, social services and emergency communication to loved ones far away.

A volunteer-led humanitarian service organization, we are here to offer assistance in time of disaster and to help you prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Thanks to all of you for your support of the local Red Cross with your volunteer time and with your contributions.

Lana Tolls


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