Story Time

I love stories so I’m happy to see that (the national site) has started posting little vignettes about Red Cross folks (volunteers, donors, etc.). For example:

Photo: Debby MacSwain/American Red CrossPatti Shannon, Hawaii State Chapter, Honolulu
After retiring as an educator and experiencing Hurricane Ivan as a Peace Corp volunteer in Jamaica, I came home to Hawaii looking for something to do. I saw an advertisement on a Website for a volunteer to help with Red Cross youth. I applied, was interviewed, and soon found myself overseeing the Hawaii State Chapter youth club program, which involves 500 teens ages 14-18 in 17 high schools on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.
Many students join the Red Cross eager to save lives. I use my own experience to educate them.
I was a Red Cross first aid and CPR instructor in the 1980s in Los Angeles. The one time I had an opportunity to help someone, it was an elderly lady who was hit by a bus. I was in my car, saw the accident, pulled over and assisted the unconscious woman until paramedics arrived. The woman was taken to the hospital, but later died.
I tell them this story because I want them to learn new skills and do something with those skills, but I also want them to be realistic. I’m really proud of their accomplishments, but I think I’m the lucky one. Volunteering is very selfish. It’s about feeling good and feeling useful.

Apparently there will be a sort of rotating line up of stories linked from the masthead of the homepage. If you or anyone you know has a Red Cross story like this to share, let me know! I’ll forward on the info, and you (or whoever you’re recommending) could be featured on a national website!