Red Cross thanks the community


To the Editor:

The Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross on Martha’s Vineyard thanks the Martha’s Vineyard community for its support this past season, including the recent mobilization during the superstorm Sandy threat.

The Red Cross relies on donations to fund its delivery of necessary and expected quality services. It is not funded by the federal government. Local businesses donated items and space for fundraisers, lodging for volunteer instructors, resources for recruitment and training of new disaster volunteers, food products, and snacks for shelters and first responders. And, these same supporters have followed up with “just let us know what else we can do.”

This demonstrated respect allows us to continue our ongoing collaboration with our Island partners, including the emergency managers, the Salvation Army, the Medical Reserve Corps, Vineyard Nursing Assoc., the Neighborhood Convention (Island-wide ministers), the Adult Community Education program, Steamship Authority, the YMCA, and Scouts.

We recognize that we live in a contained Island community where survival depends on mutual support and cooperation, so we take this opportunity to thank all of you.

Jim Thomas

Oak Bluffs

For the Red Cross