Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for years of service to region

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:25 a.m.

The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross has done a lot of good in our area. The organization has helped with natural disaster recovery, assisted families who lost their homes in fires and much more.

And since 2003, Linda May has been a part of that process.

May has served as the emergency services director for the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross since 2005. But now, the local office will be restructured, which means May will no longer be employed by the Red Cross after the end of this month.

Cameron Ballantyne, regional communications officer for the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast in Houston, said the local office will still be staffed and services will not change to Victoria and the surrounding counties. That is good news for the Crossroads, but we are sad to see such a dedicated, knowledgeable member of the Red Cross team lose her position of leadership.

May began working with the Red Cross as a volunteer in 2003 after Hurricane Claudette struck the region. During her time with the Red Cross, she estimates she has responded to about 500 fires, and she remembers each of the families the organization has helped during that time.

We applaud May for her years of service to the Crossroads through the Red Cross. Whether she was serving as a volunteer or as a member of the Red Cross' staff, her focus has always been on helping others, and we admire her for that. We are sad to see such a dedicated member of the organization's team go, but we are glad to know she will be using the time to enjoy being with her family - including her nine grandchildren. And we are glad to know this will not be the end of her connection with the Red Cross. She has expressed a desire to begin volunteering for the organization again later.

We are sad to see such a strong, helpful leader leave an important organization like the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

We encourage those responsible for restructuring this chapter to carefully consider the effects of this decision before finalizing any plans. The Red Cross plays a major role in the Crossroads' disaster response plans and other important factors.

But most of all, we thank Linda May for her years of selfless service to our communities through her leadership. We are grateful for everything she has given to our community and the families whose lives she has touched.

Thank you for everything, Linda. We wish you the best in the years to come.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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