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Red Cross CEO’s Message

Linda C. Mathes

As our inspiring  “In the Bag” Chair Brenda Blisk has said, there is nothing we can’t accomplish when a group of great women get together!

That has been true for the past four years, through “In the Bag: Purse for Preparedness.” This spectacular event has raised thousands of dollars for American Red Cross services to support people in our community every day.

Last year Brenda and her hardworking committee raised more than $110,000 through sold out ticket sales, handbags and one of the best raffles in town!

The buzz about this event begins early and is heard often. It is a fantastic way to network and “shop til you drop” while at the same time helping people throughout the National Capital Region.

Funds raised through this event help your Red Cross provide emergency food, shelter and supplies to families uprooted by home  fires and other disasters… teach first  aid, CPR and AED training, swimming and lifeguarding to businesses, schools and individuals and… provide assistance to the men and women of the military and their families here and abroad.

Our volunteers meet every planeload of wounded, sick and injured who arrive from overseas at Joint Base Andrews three nights a week. Hundreds of our volunteers continue to support them at military hospitals in our community.   Young people in the community donate volunteer time to reach thousands of local residents.  The Red Cross partners with dozens of community organizations to serve the region.

Every contribution through In the Bag helps us accomplish this work.

I hope to see you at In the Bag – you won’t want to miss it, I promise!

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Linda Mathes, CEO
American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

Your Red Cross Serving Our Community