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Please — Donate to the Red Cross 'Disaster Relief' Fund

By Paul Viau | May 29, 2013
Photo by: File photo RISE TO THE OCCASION — The people of Moore, Oklahoma need your help. Let's show them America cares.

I have lived a blessed life, and residing in Haywood County makes me feel all the more “blessed” — every single day.

But when I saw the devastation of the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, I was shaken. The complete and utter destruction of homes, lives and families made me cry out loud,  “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

These are times when all of us should be grateful for what we have, and support the Red Cross — with all we have, being as generous as we can afford.

Sure, this disaster seems far away. But as Trace Adkins, country music star and winner of the “reality” TV show “All Star Celebrity Apprentice” recently said, “Every day in America someone is helped by the Red Cross.”

Now I didn’t watch the most recent “Celebrity Apprentice” series, but as country music fans, my wife and I were rooting for Trace. We’ve seen him in concert, own a few of his albums — or should I say CDs? (Boy, that dates me!)

Anyway, we are big fans of Trace Adkins, and the only reason we didn’t watch this year’s series is Donald Trump. Both that man’s ego and hair are also a disaster. Enough said.

Did you know? — Trace Adkins donated all the winnings from “Celebrity Apprentice” — $1.5 million — to the Red Cross. He witnessed its relief efforts first-hand, when fire destroyed his Nashville home in 2011. Adkins was on his way to an Alaska concert when the fire broke out. His three young daughters followed the fire safety tips taught in school (funded by the Red Cross) running to a planned safe place. And after their home was destroyed, the Red Cross gave them a safe place.

Did you know? — Just last week the Red Cross helped neighbors in my subdivision, Tracey and Shirley Coward, when their home was threatened by a landslide.

They spent just one night in a hotel, and then returned home to “watch and pray.”

And by the grace of God, so far their home has been spared. Red Cross was there for the Cowards, and will be there for you, too, if and when needed.

Right now the Red Cross needs your help for Moore, Oklahoma (which looks like “No-More” Oklahoma.)

Did you know? — Another country music superstar, Toby Keith, was born in Moore. He was on “The Today Show” this morning urging viewers to donate to the Red Cross. I’m sure he and other Oklahoma-born country performers will be doing relief concerts for Moore in the near future, and no doubt Toby will be singing his hit song, “Made in America.”

I hear those lyrics reflected every time I drive through the Haywood County countryside. But today they remind me that the Red Cross is an American treasure.

So I am urging all The Mountaineer readers to give generously to the American Red Cross — not Blue Cross — or to the Christian heavy-metal rock band, Whitecross.

But please, take heart to the poignant lyrics of the Whitecross song, “In the Kingdom.”

We’re alive; we are strong. We’re a nation; we belong.

Let us all stand together in the Kingdom.

No more darkness; no more night. We are children of the light.

We must all work together in the Kingdom.

You can donate to the American Red Cross online at www.redcross.org — click on the home page button “Donate Now.”

You can also donate by telephone — call 1-800-RED CROSS. (1-800-733-2767)

To donate by snail-mail, send your donation to: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. On your check, you can designate (for example) “Disaster Relief” or “Military Families.”

Y’all young folk can simply text REDCROSS to 90999. This should take about three seconds.

To all who donate, you have your nation’s heartfelt thanks.

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