My parents moved to Faribault when I was two years-old. Unfortunately, the storage unit where they had all of their belongings, burned to the ground while they were in search of a home. The Red Cross provided much needed house-hold items to help them get back on their feet.
As a child, every summer I took swim lessons provided by the Red Cross. Those lessons eventually led to becoming a certified instructor, and providing swim lessons to the next generation.
When the chance presented itself to serve on the board of the local Red Cross, I jumped. The opportunity to give back to my community and help others, as my family had been helped, has been very fulfilling.
I have served on a number of committees including Service to Armed Forces, Water Safety, and I am a Past President of the Board. Presently, I am still an active member of the Red Cross Disaster committee. One day, I hope to be able to serve on a national disaster team. Until that time, I will continue to be there for my neighbors, as they were there for my family.
- Ms. Beth Trout