Letters to the Editor

Snohomish Red Cross benefits from community's support

We are eternally thankful for the support and caring continually shown by the many fire-department agencies in Snohomish County. Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon wrote just last week that, “We always welcome the arrival of Red Cross personnel (at the scene of a fire) and thank them very much for being here for us!”

Calling the Red Cross at the start of any residential or business fire actually means more than most realize.

While firefighters may take only a minute to call us at each fire, their quick phone call saves mom, dad and kids hours of worry and stress or can provide much-needed midnight coffee for firefighters on the scene. When Red Cross arrives, we’re there to help with transitional shelter, food, clothing and/or support for our first responders.

It’s this kind of community support that makes it possible for the Red Cross to continue to help those in need — whether it be a house fire that has destroyed Christmas, a rise in river water that took shelter from a family and left them with only the shoes on their feet (and sometimes not even that!) or a family emergency requiring the abrupt return home of a deployed military member.

All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge courtesy of the financial support received by your local chapter from the local community. This means you, our community.

It’s we at the Red Cross that need to say thank you to you, our community, for your continued and selfless support of those around us.

Chuck Morrison

American Red Cross

Executive director

Snohomish County Chapter

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