Coastal South Carolina Chapter Begins Red Cross Education Initiative

The Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off it’s new education initiative at the North Strand Optimist Club meeting on Wednesday, June 27th. 

“Our goal is to educate the public, raise volunteer awareness and hopefully stimulate the generosity of donors by speaking to as many representative community organizations as possible about the Red Cross Mission,” said Connie Ross-Karl, major gifts officer.  “These forums are great for updates, too, particularly providing nimble monthly or more frequent platforms for this summer’s ever-worsening disasters.”

Coastal South Carolina Red Cross Executive Director, Nanci Conley, Major Gift Officer, Connie Ross-Karl and Club President, Marie Strickland stand with Maj. Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) after he told his Red Cross story: “A Call is better than a Knock on the Door,” about the Red Cross Mission and Service to Armed Forces at the North Strand Optimist Club meeting in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.), vice president, public relations and military affairs of Folds of Honor Foundation, spoke about the Red Cross at the Club meeting  in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Pulido was invited to be one of the Red Cross kick-off speakers for its series of education initiatives about Red Cross service missions locally and around the nation and world.

Maj. Pulido, named a Red Cross Military Hero in 2005, told his Red Cross story:  “A Call is better than a Knock on the Door,” about the Red Cross Mission of Service to Armed Forces.

While serving inIraqin 2004 with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus, he lost his leg and almost lost his life when his vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D), or roadside bomb. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his leg. For his heroism and valor, the President of theUnited Statesalong with Gen. Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals.

Maj. Pulido told how Red Cross facilitated critical communications and other assistance with his wife, Karen, and his family during his immediate ordeal and long recovery and about his personal dedication to Red Cross.

Connie Ross-Karl introduced Maj. Pulido with a brief overview of the history and mission of Red Cross. Such programs, highlighting the various Red Cross missions, including as well as Service to Armed Forces:  Disaster Relief, Health & Safety and Blood Services, will also be presented soon to the North Myrtle Beach Women’s and Christian Women’s Clubs and to Conway Rotary. 

For information on scheduling a Coastal SC Red Cross program or sharing your Red Cross story, call 843-477-0020.

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