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Girl’s hand-drawn thank you card touches hearts of Red Cross volunteers

Updated: 2013-10-30T01:56:14Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

The hand-drawn card was a simple gesture from a girl displaced by an early morning fire Tuesday at her Kansas City apartment building.

It’s what was written inside that touched the hearts of the American Red Cross volunteers who responded to help those affected by the fire.

“I can never repay you, so I drew this card to say thank you,” the girl wrote in the card, said Duane Hallock, the American Red Cross’ regional communications director.

He said the girl appeared to be of early grade school age.

“It was such a heartwarming experience,” Hallock said. “It makes getting up in the middle of the night and being out in the cold rain to help people all worthwhile.”

The Red Cross had responded to a fire that broke out at Duquesne Village Apartments near Interstate 35 and Parvin Road. Four people jumped out of their apartments to escape the fire. They were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to media reports.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to 22 people affected by the fire. Seven needed lodging.

The Red Cross used the nearby Synergy Services Youth Resiliency Center at 2001 N.E. Parvin Road to help those displaced by the fire with food, clothing and lodging.

It was there that the girl found the materials to express her gratitude.

“She walked up and shared with us the card that she had drawn in the community center while she was waiting for things to be sorted out,” Hallock said.


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To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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