Red Cross celebrates volunteers

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Updated: 4/22/2013 3:42 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — It is National Volunteer Week, and the American Red Cross is celebrating its dedicated volunteers and partners with an appreciation event for active volunteers.

There will be ceremonies on Friday, April 26, 12:00 p.m. at the Tupelo Red Cross office and the Columbus Red Cross office.

“Volunteers power the Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Patty Tucker, Northeast Miss chapter manager. “We want to thank our chapter volunteers for all they do in the 16 counties covered by the Northeast Mississippi Chapter.”

The Red Cross is also encouraging people who have been thinking about volunteering to take the plunge. People wanting to make a difference should contact the Northeast Mississippi Chapter to learn about getting involved.

Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in Mississippi and in communities across the country.

On average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee.

These volunteers are people in action—whether providing comfort to a family whose home has been washed away in a flood or getting an emergency message to a member of the military whose father is critically ill.

National Volunteer Week runs through April 27.
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