Letters to the editor Saturday (3-22-2014)
Take time to appreciate these ‘Everyday Heroes’
It’s Red Cross Month, and we would like to recognize our “Everyday Heroes” who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital. They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in the Carolina Piedmont Region, we assisted over 900 individuals and families affected by fires and other local disasters, provided services to more than 1800 military families and trained over 21,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated nearly 335,000 units of blood.
Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
— Nancy Litton
Nancy Litton is the Red Cross Community Chapter executive for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
Thanks to all from MOW
On behalf of the staff and the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Rowan County, I want to say thank you to many.
We held our annual barbecue fundraiser last week, and we sold over 1,000 plates! Many thanks to those that bought or sold tickets, worked the event, provided homemade deserts, or donated money! A special shout out to the folks from College Barbecue for their long-standing and outstanding support!
This annual fundraising effort helps us cover the cost of the subsidized meals we provide those we serve in our community.
Your support allows us to continue our mission “ To provide a meal and a friendly visit to the home-bound of Rowan County”
Thanks to each of you!
— Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson serves on the Meals on Wheels of Rowan County board of directors.
Empty Bowl a full success
Nazareth Children’s Home would like to thank Allen Terry and his employees at Emma’s of Salisbury restaurant for hosting the first annual Empty Bowl Fund-raiser on Monday, March 3. The turnout for the event was outstanding and the food was delicious, no one left hungry. The commemorative bowl given by Cheryl Goins of Pottery 101 was a hit with all those who participated. On behalf of the children and staff, we sincerely appreciate the commitment Mr. Terry, the employees of Emma’s and all the customers in making a difference in the lives of children and their families here at Nazareth.
— Nazareth Children’s Home staff