Huge Thank You to the American Red Cross
As mothers of children who are serving in the military, we rely on the services of some non-profit organizations to help us when emergencies arise. This is the story of how the American Red Cross helped one of our local Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg families.
As Blue Star Mothers we typically wear many hats. We are mothers as well as daughters. Most of us have parents who are 65 years of age (or older). What this means is that while are extremely proud of our children, we can also be worried and concerned about our elderly parents as well. We are typically the rock that holds everyone together.
There are many non-profit organizations that the parents of a military member depend on to help in time of need or an emergency. I remember having to call the U.S.O. when our daughter was stuck in the airport trying to get home for leave during her tour in Iraq. It took some work, but they helped her get home.
This story, however, is about how the American Red Cross recently helped one of our moms. She had an elderly parent and they were preparing for her death. While I have not experienced this feeling personally, I can only imagine how stressful this must have been for the family. Knowing that your days are numbered with your parent; wondering how you will go on without them; thinking of all of the great memories that you have had together and wondering if your son (or daughter) will be able to make it home in time. Talk about stress.
Our Blue Star Mother gave me permission to share this story because she was so grateful and thankful to the American Red Cross for assisting her son to make it home to see his grandma before she died and to have just a few more memories with her. They were able to comfort each other during a difficult time and have just a few more wonderful memories of grandma’s last days here on earth.
The process of contacting the American Red Cross was easy. The Red Cross knew exactly what to do, who to contact and how to get him home to his family before grandma slipped away. They were this family’s stress relief during a difficult time.
From the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg to the American Red Cross…Thank You for supporting our community, our military and for everything that you do for those in need. We are eternally grateful to you.