American Red Cross, other non-profits team up to make a difference

The American Red Cross team up with FiftyForward RSVP and Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to make a difference.

The American Red Cross, Tennessee Volunteer Region is proud to partner with FiftyForward RSVP to collect books and magazines for patients and visitors of Nashville’s VA Hospital.  FiftyForward RSVP volunteers recently collected reading material, including books and magazines for children and adults, at all seven FiftyForward Center locations throughout Davidson and Williamson Counties.

“The Red Cross, Service to the Armed Forces program is pleased to be partnering with FiftyForward RSVP to meet the needs of our military veterans seeking care at the VA Hospital in Nashville. The VA lacks funds to purchase such items, therefore without donations such as these, VA waiting areas would not be able to offer reading material for the comfort and enjoyment of their patients and visitors,” said Rebekah Brummett, Service to the Armed Forces Specialist.

ARC and FiftyForward volunteers plan to deliver and distribute the reading materials to patients at the VA hospital in Nashville on Thursday, April 25. FiftyFoward RSVP serves as a volunteer center for adults 55 and older. RSVP volunteers provide meaningful service to more than 70 nonprofit agencies, public organizations, and elementary schools in Davidson and Williamson counties.

The Tennessee Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross and Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s Goodwill Cares program have formed a partnership that will allow both nonprofits to better serve the community during a crisis.

The Red Cross helps those who have been affected by disasters and, while the organization provides assistance including shelter, the Red Cross is not able to accept donations of clothing or household goods, due to limited resources available internally to sort, store and distribute donated items. The new partnership with the Goodwill Cares program will change that.

When a disaster takes place, a Goodwill donation truck will be placed at the disaster relief site. In exchange for the donations, Red Cross will be provided Goodwill Cares gift cards, which will be given to their clients who have suffered a loss. Those Goodwill Cares gift cards can be used at any Goodwill store in middle Tennessee.

Disasters create a wide range of emergency needs, more than any one organization can meet.  It takes a large network of people and systems to ensure that communities and individuals get all the help they need during and after a disaster.

While one organization can’t meet every need, when they partner each organization can better serve those who are going through a difficult time.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.