“Totes of Hope”: A Heartfelt Gesture to Support Our Veterans

The Southwest Chapter of the American Red Cross continues with its commitment to support our veterans through the “Totes of Hope” program. This heartwarming initiative, now in its fifteenth year, was developed to show our appreciation and provide assistance to veterans in need in the Evansville area. Every year, Red Cross volunteers and partners dedicate their time to preparing each tote with personal care items such as stocking caps, socks, deodorant, toothbrushes, and more. These totes are to support our homeless and low-income veterans.

Red Cross volunteer, David Mangia and his young assistant organize the ‘Totes of Hope’ for later distribution.

For more than 140 years, the Red Cross has been committed to serving our military families and those who serve. Over the years, our volunteers and staff have provided traditional support to military families, served in veterans’ hospitals, and played a pivotal role in emergency communication. The “Totes of Hope” program embodies our Southwest chapter’s long-standing commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who have served our country.

Volunteer and Southwest Chapter Board Member, Tim Brauer, gets ready to distribute ‘Totes of Hope’ to Veterans in Evansville.

This program showcases the power of community members coming together to make a positive impact. “Totes of Hope” serves as a reminder that small gestures, such as filling a tote with essentials, can convey profound gratitude and support to our nation’s heroes. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our veterans, one tote at a time.

The Red Cross relies on the generosity of the American people to fulfill its mission. If you’d like to learn more about our Service to the Armed Forces and how to get involved, please visit redcross.org/saf.

Written by Thao Nguyen, Communications Intern.

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