Northern Nevada Red Cross seeks former volunteers |

Northern Nevada Red Cross seeks former volunteers

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for former volunteers, board members, staff and people who were helped by the Red Cross to develop a more complete picture of the history of the chapter in Reno. The information will be used as part of the 110th anniversary celebration of the Red Cross in Nevada, which will begin in 2008.

Red Cross is looking for people such as Don and Norma Thompson. Norma moved to Reno in 1950 and worked for the Red Cross as the military family liaison. Don was the Red Cross water safety director and a lifeguard at Idlewild pool. They met at the Reno Red Cross office in 1952 and will celebrate their 53rd anniversary next year.

“I know there are more people like Don and Norma who worked for the Red Cross 50 or 60 years ago and can tell us their stories of how they helped build this chapter,” said Caroline Punches, executive director of the Northern Nevada chapter. “We are asking people to contact us so we can capture their stories and include them in our celebration next year.”

The Red Cross chapter started in 1898 in Carson City as the Red Cross Society. Founders were Mrs. H.A. Lemon of Carson City, Mrs. T. Yergin of Wadsworth, Nev., Mrs. H.B. Smith of Virginia City, Nev., and Miss Lilly Edsen of Wadsworth.

Anyone who has worked for or volunteered with the Red Cross, or has been a recipient of support is encouraged to call the Northern Nevada chapter office at (775) 856-1000.

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