(Jeanie Ahrens works with a recent client displaced by a home fire. Photo: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)
"A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
"The Wise Woman's Stone"
Posted by Donna Martinez/American Red Cross PPARC Public Affairs March 18, 2011
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross has been very active over the last six months providing assistance to members of the Colorado Springs community who have been affected by local disasters such as house fires.
This response is just as important to us as providing support to those afflicted around the world in large scale events such as the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in the past week.
Our chapter has helped over 280 people in over 90 events in the 18 counties in southeast Colorado and has already surpassed our annual budget for the year.
We rely solely on the generous support of our community to provide those displaced with temporary shelter, funds for replacement of lost clothing and food and replacement medications. Volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day and quickly respond by providing comfort and immediate aide to a local family.
We need your support now more than ever.
The chapter continues to respond to help our local community of Colorado Springs and hope that people will remember our mission begins here at home as well as nationally and internationally.
Those wanting to support our chapter by donating or by volunteering their time
can visit the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross website for more information or or by calling Phone: (719) 632-3563.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.