By Betsy A. Wandtke, Major Gift Officer
It’s always our pleasure to be able to thank our donors for giving us the ability to serve others. In the last couple of weeks of RED CROSS MONTH, we had three Donor Appreciation Events. They were casual gatherings complete with appetizers and volunteer interaction. Not only were they successful in saying thank you, but were a lot of fun to boot!
Our attending donors were able to meet board members, staff members and most importantly, the volunteers that serve our organization. The pictures that were shown and explained, were mostly regarding “Superstorm Sandy”. Our volunteers were also able to discuss what an ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle) was and how versatile they are, along with other mysteries about how the Red Cross gets things done in the field.
The donors and many of the rest of us were riveted to the stories of survival and the ability of those affected to overcome any situation with the help of a “friend”. The Red Cross volunteers are those “friends” that show up to do whatever needs to be done. They are worth their weight in gold!!
The donors also asked questions about SAF (Services to the Armed Forces), Blood Services and other aspects of the American Red Cross. Our board members and staff were there to answer those questions and more.
We also would like to thank the volunteers, board members and staff members that were fully engaged in this endeavor. We could not have done it without them!!