Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let’s Hear it for Squiggy!

Squirrel Appreciation Day

By Kelly Norton, Volunteer Contributor

January 21st marks a more obscure holiday that you may not have heard of - Squirrel Appreciation Day! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Squiggy for her dedication to the Red Cross and how she has taught us all to not be scared, but be prepared. She is going to celebrate by attending the Washington Wizards game tomorrow with other Red Cross volunteers. You should come too! 

On Squirrel Appreciation Day, I was curious what Squiggy herself appreciates the most. Here are the four things she told me:
  • Volunteers - Squiggy really appreciates the hard work of the many Red Cross volunteers in the National Capital Region. "I feel really fortunate to work with such enthusiastic and devoted people for an organization that I'm passionate about," said Squiggy. Since the Red Cross is 97% volunteer led, Squiggy definitely has reason to appreciate volunteers!
  • Cookies - Her new go-to recipe are these acorn cookies. "They're delicious!" 
  • Smartphones - Squiggy is a big fan of her smartphone because she's downloaded all of the Red Cross apps. Her favorite is the First Aid App - helping her to always be prepared. "During the recent polar vortex, I used the app to look up winter weather safety tips," Squiggy told me. I bet you didn't know she was so tech savvy! 
  • Other Squirrels - Squiggy gave a shout-out to her other squirrel friends, including Rocky the Flying Squirrel from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Sandy from Spongebob Squarepants, and Scrat from Ice Age. She's in great company!

Remember to wish any squirrels you see today a "Happy Squirrel Appreciate Day!" You can leave a comment here for Squiggy as well. 

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