Gaenor Speed exemplies the spirit of Red Cross volunteers, serving in her community after Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
by Estefania Garcia
The holiday shopping season has arrived. For many, this means spending hours online or running around the malls trying to find that perfect gift for family, friends and co-workers. That usually results in frazzled nerves and a lot less time for actually enjoying the season with those loved ones. But thanks to the Red Cross, you can get started on your holiday shopping list by “purchasing” a gift that supports a vital humanitarian service.
By Estefania Garcia
Bernard Darty still vividly remembers the American soldiers who came to the rescue. The youngest son of a Jewish family living in Paris during the German occupation, he had been living in hiding in the outskirts of the city for two years. His family had been scattered – his mother and eldest brother to Auschwitz, another brother escaped to join the French resistance and his two sisters also escaped. He was losing hope and knew time was running out before he was captured. He was not even 10 years old.
By Charlotte Rodriguez
Fernando and his wife, Claudia had no prior Red Cross experience, however, they saw a need and wanted to help their community as #HurricaneIrma arrived in Southwest Florida exacerbating the impact of recent floods. Fernando said, “We passed the Red Cross shelter in Estero and saw the long lines waiting for safety and shelter and wanted to help. We saw the volunteers working frantically to check people into the Red Cross shelter. We called to find out how to help and became volunteers.”