To the editor:

Pecan Valley American Red Cross would like to THANK the residents of Brownwood, Early, and Brown County for their response to the needs of Hurricane Ike evacuees that took shelter in our community. We registered close to 300 evacuees on our Save and at our local office. Each one of those individuals received shelter, food and/or supplies from the Pecan Valley American Red Cross. Special recognition goes to Lake Brownwood Retreat, Woodmen of the World Camp and the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment who sheltered evacuees at no cost! We also would like to honor our partner agencies, Salvation Army and Good Samaritan Ministries for their exceptional service to the evacuees.

The community’s response to our neighbors from the Texas Coast with inkind donations was overwhelming. We would like to publicly thank the following: Pecan Valley Hot Rod Club (Dan Dehay), First Baptist Church of Early, Wal-Mart, Atmos Energy, Heart of Texas Internal Medicine, Brownwood Regional Hospital, Sliger’s, Nelson Wholesale, East Elementary of Brownwood, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ag-Mart, Family Dollar, Pediatrics of Brownwood, Allstate-Bob Robnett, Brown County/City of Brownwood Health Department, Coleman Distributors, American State Bank, Russell Construction, Acord Motors, Woodland Heights Elementary of Brownwood, 4-H Center, Brownwood Janitorial & Fire Exinguisher Supply, Central Texas Women’s Clinic, Big Lots, Hill Country Ford, Weakley-Watson, Mrs. Baird’s, Section Hand, Kirbo’s Office Systems, Re/Max Goldstar, Don Clements, Attorney at Law, Cousin’s, Rumfield Kohutek Properties, Kroger, Doc’s Drugstore, Matthew Distributors, Underwood’s, McMillian Plumbing, Bruner Autoplex, Brookshire’s, Cici’s Pizza, Warehouse Furniture of Abilene, Chicken Express and so many more individuals who gave money and inkind goods. We wish we could name you all, please know your gifts made a difference!

The current Red Cross slogan is “Change a Life” the Brownwood, Early and Brown County community changed several lives during Hurricane Ike. We welcomed them with open arms into our community. “Brownwood really feels like home” for many of the evacuees. It just does not get any better than that.

Terri Kaye Burross

Interim Executive Director

Pecan Valley

American Red Cross