Lions learn about Red CrossPublished 6:51am Friday, January 11, 2013
Terri Jenkins, executive director of the South Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross, in Valdosta, updated the Bainbridge Lions Club on Wednesday on the services her office provides.
“There are five areas of need which Red Cross services contribute to,” she said. “First we hold blood drives and deliver blood where it is needed. The most commonly needed types of blood are O positive and O negative.
“The second area of need which the Red Cross contributes to is disaster relief and the third is the military. The final two areas are CPR training and education programs on health and safety.”
The South Georgia chapter serves Decatur, Grady, Seminole, Thomas, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes, and Mitchell counties.
Jenkins further pointed out that the South Georgia chapter provided many Red Cross services to many people in need, in 2012.
“We provided disaster assistance to clients who needed food, clothing emergency lodging and medicine,” she said. “We also came to the aid of adults and children who lost their homes and possessions to fires, tornadoes and other local disasters.
“In addition, we acted as the communication link between military members and their families by delivering emergency messages. Last year we delivered 200 messages.”