The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 10, 2012

Red Cross expands in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter has hired Pam Gilchrist to support Red Cross needs in southeast Kansas.

Gilchrist will work from a Red Cross office in Pittsburg, 415 N. Pine St., and will be responsible for growing the capacity of Red Cross service delivery in the area through volunteer recruitment and donor engagement.

“Pam’s previous Red Cross experience and passion for helping others will serve the area well,” said Bev Morlan, American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter regional executive director. “She will work with Red Cross representatives already in the region to continue providing vital services like disaster response, military family support and CPR training to the citizens of southeast Kansas.”

Gilchrist’s activities in the region already have been successful, her superiors said. She’s made contact with more than 60 individuals who’ve expressed interest in supporting Red Cross. She’s also planning to connect new and seasoned Red Cross supporters in the area to share best practices and enthusiasm for the area.

“Pam has already started making a difference in the area. Just this past weekend, she was part of a regional response to a power outage in Fort Scott,” Morlan said. “Pam and Red Cross representatives from Coffeyville, Parsons, Pittsburg and Fort Scott leveraged their resources and came together to help families. It showed that when southeast Kansas needs help, Red Cross is ready to respond.”

Gilchrist moved to Pittsburg from Nashville, Tenn., in 2011 where she managed Red Cross programs for Monroe County, Tenn.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.


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