Thursday, March 21, 2013
Where I Love To Be
Ever since October, I have been interning at the Red Cross chapter office. Sure, it's not jam-packed with action and thrills and doesn't include showing up at the scene of disasters or saving the day, but I realized its more than just that. It's not about being the superhero, it's about being a part of the team.
Society always sees the people in the spotlight, outside saving the day. In movies, you see the superhero getting all the credit. In reality, you see the firefighters, the police officers, and the medical team rushing to save the day, but what about the people behind the scenes? What about the lady who answers the phone when you call 9-1-1 or the man who sends out the public broadcast message when a disaster is about to strike? Where is their medal of honor? Without these people behind the scenes, you wouldn't have anyone to save the day. They don't get all the credit they deserve, but trust me, they aren't forgotten.
I know it doesn't seem like it at times, but all the people who sit behind a desk and organize all the papers do contribute to the bigger picture. The gals handing out the flyers at booths about fire safety and preparedness are saving lives. The ones driving across the state to deliver presentations are making a difference in people's lives. The students knocking door to door inviting guests to events do impact the community. Without even realizing it, these small actions actually can change someone's life. Just by taking the time out of your day to volunteer at the Red Cross, you can save a life.
My experience at Red Cross has allowed me to mature and change my perspective on a lot of things. I was one of those people who never realized how much of an impact I was making. I thought, "Oh, they don't need me; I'm not important." But I was definitely wrong. In order for any organization to function, you need supporters and volunteers every step of the way. They are the backbone and skeleton of the organization. They are the ones who do the planning, the organizing, and the ones committing their time. They make up a team and every single one of them has that same motivation and drive to continue giving back. They are the real heroes saving the day. Together as a family.
Everyone who contributes their time to the American Red Cross is a hero in my eyes.
-Kelly Chu, Intern who sits behind a desk/Superhero in training
Posted by We are the Red Cross of the Central Valley at 2:59 PM