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Letter to Editor, Larry Crist

Dear Editor,

I would like to make a toast to volunteers: "Here's to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay," penned speechwriter Robert Orben.

April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week and the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross is celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners; the people who make the humanitarian work of the American Red Cross possible.

Over just the past year, Red Cross volunteers across our region brought food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1000's of people devastated by fire, flood and other disasters. Volunteers also provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, babysitting, and other health and safety courses. They encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills.

For anyone who has volunteered, they know that Robert Orben's quip that volunteering is "all work and no pay" isn't quite accurate. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can help another without helping himself."

To all that have given of their time in the name of the American Red Cross, thank you.

Larry Crist, regional executive, American Red Cross

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