While Ray Favre has spent only 8 of his 78 years as an official Red Cross volunteer, he has been a major supporter of the Red Cross for more than half a century. It started when he served his country in the military.
“When I was in the Air Force, I was in personnel, so I dealt with the Red Cross a lot,” Ray said. “Since 1955, I’ve known all the wonderful things Red Cross does for families.”
As a member of a large extended family—he is a father of five, grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of 13—Ray knows the importance of family as well as anyone. He even eagerly admits to being the cousin of pro-football great Brett Favre.
Ray’s usual duty with Red Cross is as an Emergency Response Vehicle driver in the West Central Texas chapter, but he has been trained for many jobs and is not reluctant to fill in wherever needed.
“I heard they needed case workers to help all these families displaced by the floods” said Ray. “I said, ‘I can do that.’”
After devoting 26 years of his life to the armed forces, Ray spent the rest of his career as a post master. He says that serving his community is what makes him happy.
“I do a lot of volunteering. These days, that’s all I do,” he said. “With the Red Cross, you know you’re really helping people. It can be emotional, but life has been good to me and I want to give that back.”