LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Neighbors helping neighbors

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On March 17, the American Red Cross, Blue Mountain Chapter held the 5th Annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.

I want to acknowledge all the businesses and individuals who participated and donated their time and money to support the work of the American Red Cross in Walla Walla and Columbia counties.

The American Red Cross offers all disaster relief services free of charge to those whose lives have been disrupted by an unexpected disaster. Most often, that disaster is a house fire.

When I returned to the Chapter office after the successful event I found our volunteers working with a couple whose house had burned the day before. We were able to give the family financial resources to replace clothing, shoes, food and other essential items.

As I listened to their story I realized how important it is to provide caring support during this kind of crisis. It is gratifying for me to work with dedicated volunteers and staff who have committed themselves to providing reassurance and hope when disaster strikes and immediately causes a family to be homeless.

The services of the American Red Cross are given without charge to those in need. We are able to provide help and hope because of the generosity of the American people.

It is all about neighbors helping neighbors -- providing hope down the street, across the country and around the world. We appreciate your support of the American Red Cross. Contact the local Red Cross for more information about volunteering, donating, giving blood or CPR training.

Terry E. Hackney, executive director
American Red Cross,
Blue Mountain Chapter
Walla Walla



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