Red Cross teams up with WITN for national Red Cross Giving Day

More than 30 volunteers gathered throughout the day at the eighth annual Red Cross telethon in Greenville to garner donations for Red Cross Giving Day on March 28.

Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross. The proceeds will help people get back on their feet after a disaster, like a home fire.

“I help with home fire responses and it’s really tough,” said Brent Maupin, a disaster volunteer at Northeastern NC Chapter. “We are always in need of donations.”

Volunteers answered phones from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and welcomed donors that stopped by the WITN studio.  

“The Red Cross has been there for me so many times in my life,” said Dwight Price, a military veteran and disaster action team volunteer at the Northeastern NC Chapter. “From the death of my father while I was in Beirut, Lebanon to the birth of my child while I was on the field. To me, it is so important to support this organization.”

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A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors that made this Giving Day successful.

Missed Giving Day? It’s never too late to donate. Visit the Red Cross donation page to make a difference today! You can also check out our Facebook live videos from the day of the telethon.

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Red Cross hosts 2018 Eastern North Carolina Disaster Institute at Nash Community College

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Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from across Eastern North Carolina gathered March 2-4 to brush up on their disaster response skills at the 2018 Disaster Institute.

Volunteers at the institute, held at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, NC, had the opportunity to take courses such as Psychological First Aid, Shelter Operations, Government Operations, and Emergency Response Vehicle training.

“At the Red Cross, we stand ready to respond to our neighbors in need. The Disaster Institute allows us to build our volunteer capacity and train volunteers to be ready for any situation,” said Mary Donny, regional disaster officer of the Red Cross in Eastern NC.

New volunteer Virginia Cox-Daugherty kicked off her weekend at the institute by learning how to be interviewed by media during a disaster.

“I enjoy working in the community and serving others,” Virginia said. “I [joined Red Cross] because I wanted to do something that was worthwhile.”

Morning classmate Barbara Barrow echoed Virginia’s enthusiasm. “There’s so much that [Red Cross does] in the community,” Barbara said. “And there’s so much to do for the community, I’m so excited!”

The more than 280 volunteers also had the opportunity to participate in a surprise shelter simulation drill that required  setting up a shelter for 500 people during a large disaster scenario.

A big thank you to our 2018 Disaster Institute supporters: Nash Community College, Disaster Relief USA, Smithfield, Coca-Cola, and Sanderson Farms. You made our institute possible!

Missed the institute? Check out our Facebook live videos from the weekend, or view the photo gallery.

We hope to see you next year!