Thanksgiving affords all the opportunity for each of us to pause and reflect on all that we are thankful for this season.
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.
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.
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.
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
|7-Eleven Cares Foundation*||Kimberly-Clark*|
|Albertsons / Tom Thumb||McKesson*|
|Exxon Mobil||Southwest Airlines*|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas||ISN|
|BNSF Railway Foundation||Moody Foundation|
|City Electric Supply||Rent-a-Center|
|Communities Foundation of Texas||Sammons Enterprises|
|Dian Graves Owen Foundation||The Meadows Foundation|
|Advocare International||Kynect Foundation|
|Amentum||NBC 5 and Telemundo 39|
|Brookshire Grocery Company||Stemmons Foundation|
|Gehan Homes||Texas Instruments|
|Ken W. Davis Foundation||The Priddy Foundation|
|Aethon Energy||JR Beadel Central Texas Foundation|
|Apartment Association of Greater Dallas||Kickapoo Springs Foundation / Legett Foundation|
|Billie and Gillis Thomas Family Foundation||PLH Group|
|Caliber Home Loans||Raytheon|
|Dominoes Pizza||RAZ Imports|
|DuBose Family Foundation||SitePro Rentals Inc.|
|Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation||Texas Health Resources|
|Higginbotham & Associates||The CH Foundation|
|Highmark Residential||Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc.|
|Independent Financial||TPG Capital LP|
|J. L. Williams Foundation||Tyler Technologies|