PUBLISHED: 3:54 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Happy New Year from your American Red Cross
Please fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in their upright and locked position because 2008 is going to be a great, fast, fun and always educational year with the American Red Cross of Alaska.

This year is going to bring more training opportunities for those interested in Disaster Response, whether at the local or national level as well as added training for those interested in Disaster Public Affairs.

This year also brings many opportunities for community members, and businesses to become trained as Health and Safety Instructors. With this training you will be able to help teach life saving skills to the community and co-workers.

There are opportunities to help the Red Cross get ready for their annual signature fund raising event in March as well as the always-coveted Wine Cruise in September.

The Red Cross also has volunteer positions available in our office assisting with data entry, public affairs, customer relations and advertising.

This is going to be a great year and we are excited to welcome you in joining our organization, and the new year would not be complete without sending out a thank you to those that have dedicated themselves to fulfilling the mission of the Red Cross like Ron Dippold, Ivan Show, Ernie Mueller, Eric Bjella and Eve Delgado.

A huge warm Red thank you to all our authorized providers throughout Southeast dedicating themselves to the training of those in their employment. And finally to all our new disaster volunteers, Amy Fosket Drew Garson, Garrett Savory, Lynne Chasin,

Jesse Echave, Katie Howard and David Funk; you all make the difference in someone else's life every day.

To all of you that support the Red Cross, A very warm and grateful thank you. With your emotional dollars you have a direct hand in helping those within our communities affected by disaster.

Yes, 2008 is going to be a great year of the American Red Cross working side by side with our communities to bring relief to those affected by disaster, to train everyone in the skills to save a family member or strangers life and to help make our communities a safer and better place to live.

To find out how you can become involved today please call the offices of your American Red Cross at 463-5713.