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To all the volunteers, donors, beneficiaries, staff and anyone else who shared their time, resources, kind thoughts and good energy with us in 2016: Thank you!
This Valentine’s Day, February 14, we’re showing our appreciation and highlighting the many lives that were touched by the Canadian Red Cross last year. We are asking you to SHARE THE LOVE with a tweet, a picture or a video about the help you’ve received. Or you can simply tell your friends and followers about how the Red Cross makes a difference. Use #sharethelove and tweet @redcrosscanada with your own message.
"It was surreal. It’s more than just losing your homes because you lost your social life – all the family dinners we used to have on Sunday nights – those didn’t exist anymore. (The Red Cross was) there to hear us. You guys got things looked after immediately, and reassured us that your here for the long haul. That’s what people gave money for who want to help out where they can. And that’s been the nicest to see how much all of Canada has had empathy for us – genuine empathy."
“A six-year-old lost all of her stuffed animals in the High River floods and hadn’t spoken since. I took a bear off the Red Cross table and told her, “This bear lost his family in the flood and he wants to know if he can live with you?” Her eyes filled with tears as she took him from my arms and hugged him. Every flood victim is like a six-year-old child seeking the one thing that allows them comfort, no matter what that may be. I am grateful for the opportunity to have helped provide that comfort.”
“After all these months the people here are like our relatives. We listen to them as far as we can when we plan the menus. During Ramadan we provided warm meals in the night and we have also installed ovens so that the people can prepare the food they want themselves.”
"As soon as I got there I tried to approach the Red Cross to tell them I had lost my two children. I gave them my brother's number. Then one day I had a call from the Red Cross and they said they had two children and to come and see if they were mine. They were! I was so very happy to see them. They embraced me so much. We were crying through happiness."
“Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program helped keep my husband alive. Thanks to the Red Cross, we’re okay now. This would not have been possible without people generously donating. If you ever need them, they will be there for you too.”
"I cried tears of joy. I was extremely relieved! My son was alive. I know not everybody was as lucky as me… The Red Cross took good care of me. It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone."
"We are both so busy. The Red Cross is the one thing that brings us together often. We feel like the things we do are so small but the people we help are so appreciative. It just feels so good to be part of something like that."
Marcie and Dave J.
"If Red Cross volunteers see you’re having a hard time, they come and talk to you. When you’ve never been through a disaster, you don’t really know what’s happening. Sometimes just being able to talk about it helps."
"If it wasn’t for the Red Cross, I don’t know where we would have went. Having shelter over our heads and food on our plates just meant everything. We will rise above this and we will march on to make new memories with new friends."
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