Grateful for A Community of Partners

Thanksgiving affords all the opportunity for each of us to pause and reflect on all that we are thankful for this season.

Quiera Carmichael donating blood at a Red Cross blood drive on June 19, 2021.
Photo credit: Krystal Smith.

It could be the gift of life as it is for Michael Thompson, a blood recipient, who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident this year and required a blood transfusion while at the hospital. As Michael experienced, life can change instantly. Michael is grateful for the generous blood donors who have made a commitment to schedule and keep their blood donation appointments so that blood is available, as it was for him, when it’s needed most.

Wichita Falls High School coaches receiving Red Cross Lifesaving Awards for using their CPR/AED training to help save a life.

Perhaps it’s a feeling of gratitude for knowing basic emergency skills that could help save a life. Every day the American Red Cross trains people with lifesaving skills such as CPR/AED and first aid. Red Cross trains local heroes to spring into action to help people in emergency situations. This training may be needed when you least expected, like when a Wichita Falls High School football player collapsed during a training session and coaches rushed to his aid where they used their CPR and AED training to sustain life until care could be transferred to a paramedic.

Red Cross volunteers providing drive-thru home fire safety information in partnership with a Tarrant Area Food Bank distribution event. Photo credit: John Hill

Your gratitude may be for a trained Red Cross disaster responders who came to provide assistance to you after you experienced a home fire. Numerous families experience home fires every day and the Red Cross is there to support. To help prevent home fires, Red Cross volunteers and staff, in partnership with many of the local fire departments, offer home fire safety training and free smoke alarm installations while making adjustments for pandemic safety. To date, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which launched in 2014, has helped save more than 1,100 lives.

Red Cross vehicle being used to drop supplies off at a fire department to support community members during the historic Texas freeze in February 2021.

Maybe it’s a feeling of thanks for the community around you, that always comes together in times of crisis. While some large-scale disasters receive significant media attention like wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes or the unusual snowstorm in Texas earlier this year, others receive much less visibility but still require a community response. No matter the size of a disaster, Red Cross teams from the local level to the national level collaborate with community and government partners to help meet the needs of those significantly impacted.

As humanitarians, our hearts are filled by recognizing the positive difference we are able to make across the region in support of the communities we serve. In addition to the incredible volunteers who deliver the Red Cross mission, it is supported by some amazing corporate donors who make it possible to deliver help and hope when it’s needed most. Today, during this Thanksgiving season, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our many partners who help fuel the Red Cross mission.  

Special thanks to the following North Texas Community Partners

*denotes Annual Disaster Giving Program & Disaster Responder Program Partners


American Airlines*
Atmos Energy


Energy Transfer / Sunoco Foundation*


Toyota Motor North America*


7-Eleven Cares Foundation*Kimberly-Clark*
Albertsons / Tom ThumbMcKesson*
AT&T*Neiman Marcus*
Exxon MobilSouthwest Airlines*


Blue Cross Blue Shield of TexasISN
BNSF Railway FoundationMoody Foundation
City Electric SupplyRent-a-Center
Communities Foundation of TexasSammons Enterprises
Dian Graves Owen FoundationThe Meadows Foundation


Advocare InternationalKynect Foundation
AmentumNBC 5 and Telemundo 39
Brookshire Grocery CompanyStemmons Foundation
Gehan HomesTexas Instruments
Ken W. Davis FoundationThe Priddy Foundation


4Change EnergyNexstar Media Group
AeristoNorth Texas Community Foundation
AlconState Farm
Community Foundation of AbileneTexas Capital Bank
Fluor CorporationTexas de Brazil
Lehigh Hanson, Inc.United Service Association for Health Care
Lockheed Martin AEROWal-Dot Foundation
Mary Potishman Lard Trust


Aethon EnergyJR Beadel Central Texas Foundation
Apartment Association of Greater DallasKickapoo Springs Foundation / Legett Foundation
BellLennox International
Billie and Gillis Thomas Family FoundationPLH Group
Caliber Home LoansRaytheon
Dominoes PizzaRAZ Imports
DuBose Family FoundationSitePro Rentals Inc.
Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable FoundationTexas Health Resources
Higginbotham & AssociatesThe CH Foundation
Highmark ResidentialTheodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc.
Independent FinancialTPG Capital LP
J. L. Williams FoundationTyler Technologies
JacobsWells Fargo

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