A Thanksgiving Message from CEO Mike Parks
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I will soon sit down for what I know will be a wonderfully delicious and far too filling turkey dinner with family and friends. Yes—we have so much for which to be thankful—something that comes top of mind this time of year. One of the many special things about working for the Red Cross is I get to see things for which to be grateful all year round—including the last three months.
This past three months have been nothing short of amazing. The American Red Cross launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by a historic hurricane season, deadly wildfires in California, and mass shooting incidents in Las Vegas and Texas. Since Mid-August, the Red Cross has:
- Provided 1.3 million overnight stays
- Served more than 10.5 million meals and snacks, and
- Distributed more than 6 million emergency relief items
In Northeast Ohio, we:
- Deployed 119 volunteers and staff to support disaster operations as well as all four of our emergency response vehicles
- Welcomed more than 100 new volunteers into our Red Cross family
- Installed 7,262 free smoke alarms through the Home Fire Campaign, making 2,732 households safer.
This photo was taken in Puerto Rico, and shows Northeast Ohio COO Jorge Martinez negotiating a mud-covered road to deliver water to residents of Yauco.
All of these things were accomplished while your American Red Cross continued to prevent and alleviate human suffering right here in Northeast Ohio, responding to home fires and other calamities. Thank you to all of you for your support of time, talent, and treasure. Yes—Northeast Ohio raised literally millions of dollars to support Red Cross relief efforts—thank you!!
I hope you each get a chance to spend some quality time with family & friends, enjoying fantastic food, watching fun football, and taking advantage of the opportunity to reflect on those many things for which we’re thankful and grateful. Thank you again for all you do…Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Editor’s note: Dozens of volunteers and donors from across the Northeast Ohio Region gathered at Regional Headquarters in Cleveland on Tuesday, November 21, for a “Thanks for Giving” celebration, in appreciation for their sacrifices and service to the Red Cross during the past several months. A photo album of the event can be viewed by clicking here.