PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2006
A time to be grateful for volunteers
American Red Cross of Southeast Alaska
The month of November is a time when we take stock and give thanks for our harvest.

We count our blessings, look fondly back at the bountiful summer and realize that we are doing good things to help make our community a better place to live.

For the American Red Cross of Alaska Southeast District, this means that we extend a special thank you to our volunteers and our donors, without whom we would not be able to fulfill our mission.

Our office is dedicated to providing relief to those affected by disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

In order for us to accomplish this mission, it takes a total team effort from everyone in the Southeast community.

The foundation for all Red Cross services is built on our seven guiding principles: Humanity, Independence, Neutrality, Impartiality, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

The supporting structure and walls of our organization are provided by our volunteers. Ron Dippold has been volunteering with the Red Cross for over forty years and has a volunteer award named after him. Eve Delgado recently joined us and has already provided invaluable services.

Eric Bjella in Ketchikan not only serves on our board as our treasurer but also responds to disasters.

Reena Etheridge, Karen Peterson, Jamey Young, Tim Arnold and Bruce Denton are among the many volunteers who work tirelessly to support the American Red Cross of Alaska.

The American Red Cross of Alaska is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Without the people and businesses who give to support our mission, we would not be able to serve our communities.

They are our protection for those rainy Southeast days and our cover when the weather turns cold.

Donors not only provide the roof over our heads, but also the roof over the heads of those affected by disasters.

The finish for our Red Cross office comes from our employees.

Dedicated, creative and able to fill in the gaps, our three person office wraps everything up and gets the results and paperwork to our office in Anchorage.

We often work long hours because we know that our families, friends, neighbors and communities are counting on us to be prepared and be there when a disaster strikes.