On Thursday, July 25th special donors from the Hill Country area were recognized for their commitment to supporting the American Red Cross ‘down the road.’ These individuals were welcomed as members of the Legacy Society, as they join others across the country who have included a gift to the American Red Cross in their estate plans.
Martha Carlson from Comfort, Texas was present to share her story of receiving Red Cross assistance during the severe, fatal flooding of 1979. She lost her home and all her possessions, but was blessed in not losing any family members. The Red Cross was there to provide financial assistance and comfort during a very stressful time, helping her family toward recovery. Now, over 30 years later, the Red Cross is still active in the Texas Hill Country, providing assistance to those affected by disaster.
John Benage, the Gift Planning Officer for South Texas shared information on the many, simple ways one can leave a gift now that will change lives in the future , and Leslie Palmer, Assistant Vice President – Development, shared a touching testimony of her recent disaster deployment to the Arizona wildfires.
Legacy Lapel Pins and an Engraved American Red Cross paperweights were presented to those Legacy Society members being honored at the luncheon: Sam & Marcia Barrett, Wally & Carolyn Freeman, Kenneth & Susan Longacre, Martha Mason and Kristy Vandenberg.