Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 24, 2013

Red Cross says ‘thank you’

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

On behalf of the American Red Cross serving Muskogee, Cherokee, and Adair counties, thank you!

As this year comes to a close, I want extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to our selfless volunteers, generous donors and tireless board members who make it possible for the Red Cross to stand ready, 24/7, to respond to disaster.

Your contributions of time, money and lifesaving blood are vital to us and to those whose lives are made better because of your gifts.

The local Red Cross was able to give financial assistance to our neighbors in need (117 families) for a safe place to stay, food to eat and a change of clothing after fire that stole their home and belongings. The Red Cross connected our military men and women with their 87 families at home during times of crisis. And we equipped thousands with information to help prepare them and their families to face emergencies and recover afterward.

Thank you to our media providers, military men and women, law enforcement, emergency management, 911 call centers, firefighters, medical personnel, VOADs, utility crews, and all other emergency operation teams and your families for all you do.  We are fortunate to live alongside you in this giving, caring community and we are honored to serve you.

If you need Red Cross assistance, want to volunteer, take a class or make a financial donation, visit us at www.redcross. org/EasternOklahoma, call me at (918) 682-1366, or stop by my office at 566 N. Sixth St. in Muskogee.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Ryan Hardaway, director

American Red Cross

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