March is Red Cross Month

Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers.

One of the great honors of our adult life was the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the American Red Cross — Hawaii State Chapter.

While the Sandys, Isaacs, Katrinas, Hugos, Harveys, Irmas, Marias and Florences in the Atlantic grabbed the headlines in the past, in 2018 we saw a very active storm season. Hurricanes Lane and Olivia caused extensive damage here in Maui County.

The one thing all these storms have in common is that the Red Cross is always there.

There are many smaller disasters that the Red Cross deals with on a daily basis that impact us here in Hawaii. House and brush fires, flash flooding, police standoffs and the like regularly send Red Cross volunteers into action.

This is the Red Cross’ 102nd year in Hawaii. You can help support its essential lifesaving, life-affirming efforts by making a donation. Simply visit its website at and click on “Donate Funds” at the top of the page.

If you are more comfortable mailing a check, send it to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu 96816.

Remember, the Red Cross is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, humanitarian organization that is dependent on donations from folks like us to always be ready when disaster strikes. The Hawaii Chapter reminds us there is never a charge for assistance to disaster victims.

Help shore up the Red Cross. Make a donation today.

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