Written by Lilly Watson, American Red Cross contributor
In 1964, eight women in Tyler, TX, wanted to expand their love of service to their community to something bigger than their own group. The organization, “Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.” (TLOD), was formed and now benefits communities all across the United States and Jamaica. The mission of the TLOD is to serve and promote senior citizens, the status of women and community beautification and partnerships. In each of these areas, the focus is to contribute to the enhancement of the people and the agencies that provide services for people in these areas. The Red Cross was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to recently visit with the Top Ladies of Distinction Trinity West Chapter and receive a donation from them in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When we caught up with the Top Ladies, they shared with us that their desire to donate to the Red Cross in honor of Dr. King came from The Red Cross’ Seven Fundamental Principles and their close correlation to Dr. King’s teachings of respect and equality for all.
“We chose to make a donation to the Red Cross because, just like Dr. King, the American Red Cross strives to enhance the lives of all people without regard to race, creed, color or societal status,” said Lady Alice Rector, president of the Top Ladies of Distinction Trinity West Chapter.
We are so thankful to be able to know such noteworthy humanitarian groups in our area such as the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. We hope to host you at our chapter offices again soon!
Memorial gifts to the Red Cross can be made in the name and honor of any person. To learn more about making a gift to the Red Cross, visit us online or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.