March is Red Cross Month, and unfortunately, the violent storms of the past few days show why so much aid is often needed in the early spring. I’m the type of person who prefers to pick local groups that I know are making the world a better place when I decide where to give my charitable dollars, but the Red Cross is an exception.
That is because I have personal experience with the group, and know just how useful they are in the aftermath of a disaster. In 2004 my mother-in-law’s house was flooded due to Hurricane Francis. Within hours of us beginning the cleanup a Red Cross truck appeared on her street, offering food, medical and cleaning supplies. After hours of filling garbage bags with her destroyed belongings, that sandwich and cookie tasted heavenly. And in the hard days that followed, the truck kept coming by, offering other types of help. I’m still wishing I’d taken them up on those disaster counseling sessions!
If anyone lives in or near one of the affected areas, please post and let us know of any local groups that could also use our help.