Today’s Editorial May 18: Support Red Cross financially

The story on page 2 of today’s paper pretty much says it all.

The Red Cross needs our help.

May has been designated as the month that the Cayman Islands Red Cross will earnestly try to reach its goal of raising $200,000 to continue its community programmes of disaster preparation, first aid, HIV/AIDS.

The Red Cross is one of those agencies we know exists, but rarely think about until a disaster strikes or we consider first aid training.

But the Red Cross is about so much more than that.

And while it depends on volunteers, especially in disasters, the agency needs money to function.

That’s where we come in.

Without our donations and corporate sponsorships someone could die of a heart attack because the money wasn’t there for Red Cross to offer first aid training.

Without our financial contributions to the Red Cross a family could go hungry, be without shelter or suffer severe illness after a disaster because there wasn’t enough money in the agency’s coffers to fill a container with disaster relief supplies, to open shelters or offer health services.

Someone could contract HIV or AIDS and die if the Red Cross doesn’t get enough money to continue HIV/AIDS awareness training for young people.

When businesses link up with the Red Cross it’s a win-win situation.

Many corporations want to help in the community, but just don’t have the time.

By giving money to the Red Cross businesses are making a contribution to the community and letting the Red Cross do the work.

Market research shows that consumers react positively to companies that support a worthy cause like Red Cross.

We should all support the Cayman Islands Red Cross financially because it’s the right thing to do.

On the selfish side, you’ll get satisfaction in knowing that you helped.

On the humanitarian side your financial donation will mean Red Cross will be able to continue to offer its services.

Red Cross volunteers are often the first ones on the scene of a disaster, offering life-saving first aid and delivering essentials such as food and medicine.

By giving either time or money to the Red Cross you will be helping people who may never be able to thank you.

You can also help the Red Cross by making donations to and buying from the Red Cross Thrift Shop on Thomas Russell Way.

Please, help CIRC meet its goal of raising $200,000 this month.

It’s the right thing to do.

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