Red Cross Team Helps Students In Need
Red Cross Diversity Committee Lends A Hand To Students In Need
Do you remember going school supply shopping as a kid? Rushing through the aisles, picking out binders and pencils before you first day of school is a fun childhood memory for many. But, there are thousands of families within the Tennessee Valley Region who simply can’t afford to scratch every item of their child’s school supply list. It’s a heartbreaking reality that the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region Diversity Committee works hard to combat every year.
The Diversity Committee began in 2009. A few Red Cross employees started the grassroots effort to teach co-workers and the community about the importance of diversity and understanding other cultures. The small group has grown to include seventeen full-time Red Cross employees. Every year, they hold events to engage the community and Red Cross staff.
One event the Diversity Committee takes very seriously is the annual School Supply Drive. The committee sends emails asking all employees within the region to dig into their own pockets to help local students in need. They collect paper, pencils, crayons, binders, rulers and other items on the Metro Nashville School Supply list. Employees take it upon themselves to buy some of these supplies and turn them over to the Diversity Committee to distribute to children who wouldn’t have the supplies otherwise.
This year, the committee was able to help 87 students and 6 teachers. The Red Cross works with the Nashville Fire Department to determine which school needs the supplies the most and this year they elected, Robert Churchwell Magnet Elementary School in Nashville. The Nashville Fire Department loaded the supplies on their trucks and delivered them to the school.
This act of kindness gives some of the neediest children in our area a fresh start to the new school year.
This year’s school supply drive was led by Kati Medrano, Pat Bond and Shanta Jackson, of the Diversity Committee.