Friday, September 02, 2005


Over the past week, the world has watched endless news feeds as Hurricane Katrina has devastated many areas of the U.S. Gulf States. In crises like this, the American Red Cross is among the first to mount rescue efforts and speed aid to the most needy areas, and afterward, the organization then continues its work so long as needs still exist. In this case, their mission is likely to continue at a fevered pitch for many, many months. If you are looking for a way to help, consider visiting to make a donation, to arrange to give blood and goods, and to learn how to volunteer, arrange to be an organ donor and create a planned giving program.

During this crisis and countless others, volunteers make up the heart of the efforts to provide aid and recovery -- and as Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross, profoundly communicates, this Labor Day holiday puts a big spotlight on the volunteers who are sacrificing in order to help the victims of this disaster. For Americans, these individuals deserve a special place of honor.