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Jason Steed: Thanks to Red Cross

— To the editor:

I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank the American Red Cross for its recent support of stranded high school students. On the evening of Dec. 13, a speech and debate tournament was wrapping up; however, the troubles outside were just beginning. The storm that caused most of us to stay in our homes, closed roads and had laid a blanket of snow all around the valley delayed about 50 people from getting home.

Some teams found hotel rooms in town, but two did not. Those four teams decided to play the safe card and stay in town, a wise choice, as many roads were closing. With no hotel rooms available in town, two of the schools resolved to make the Moffat County High School their home for the night.

A call was made to the American Red Cross, their trailer was hitched up, and the volunteers called in.

Providing cots, blankets, water and comfort kits with many of the personal items that make an inconvenient stay more comfortable, the Red Cross quickly had the students and their coaches feeling welcome and safe.

It is the outgoing organizations and people, such as the American Red Cross and their volunteers, that make our community feel welcoming to outsiders.

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MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger was on hand to assist with the set-up and tear-down of this temporary shelter, and the custodians of the school were happy to help the students by opening the locker rooms for them to shower, making sure the building doors were locked.

Sometimes people and organizations don’t boast about their philanthropic efforts, because their goal is not to gain recognition, but rather, they strive to simply help those in need. The American Red Cross’ efforts in this case are a perfect example.

Jason Steed