Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Red Cross deserves community's support

Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

The Crossroads chapter of the American Red Cross has gone through restructurings and changes in the past five years.

One of the more recent changes has been its new leadership.

Executive Director Phillip Polley started the job in January, and he was joined by Barbara Neville, disaster program manager, in February, according to a previous Advocate story.

Both have service backgrounds - Polley was a missionary in Africa for 11 years, and Neville was a Peace Corps volunteer - and seem poised to move the organization in the right direction.

"The Red Cross ignited my core passion of wanting to help people in need when they're at their worst," Polley recently said at a meeting with the editorial board.

But they still need the community's help.

There are a lot of charities that residents can donate to, but very few have the national backing for a local organization that the Red Cross chapter boasts. That means not only is your neighbor's house fire taken care of, but also, if a hurricane hits, the Red Cross network will send its resources to the Crossroads to help.

In the meeting with the editorial board, Polley reiterated that all money donated to the Crossroads chapter goes directly to help its efforts in its six-county coverage area of Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson and Lavaca.

The Red Cross is a trusted charity with a long-standing history of good work. The Crossroads chapter was chartered close to 100 years ago, according to the Red Cross' website.

Ninety percent of its funds go toward actual programs that benefit the community, according to Charity Navigator. You can be sure your support is truly going to people who need it.

There are numerous other ways to help the organization: You can donate blood, participate in the organization's upcoming golf tournament Aug. 29, become a volunteer in one of its numerous programs - the opportunities are there.

"We save lives. What's a better thing to give to?" Polley asked in a previous Advocate story.

Because of its great history of supporting us, the Crossroads community should return the favor and continue to support its local chapter of the Red Cross.

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



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