2021 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Akbar Arsiwala, Military Hero

When Akbar Arsiwala, a U.S. Navy veteran and coordinator for the Travis Manion Foundation, learned that the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center was forced to close its food pantry due to the pandemic, he sprang into action to organize pop-up pantries across Chicago. The pop-up pantries distributed an average of 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of food monthly during the difficult summer of 2020.

Because of his incredible work for the veteran community, the Red Cross is honoring Akbar with the 2021 Military Hero award, sponsored by CDW.

CDW has long supported the critically important work of the American Red Cross. Their coworkers passionately support blood drive efforts, disaster response volunteer efforts through the Ready When the Time Comes Program and are a long-time supporter of the Military Hero award for the Heroes Event. They are proud of their commitment to supporting the critically important work of the American Red Cross.

Learn more about the 2021 Red Cross Heroes, and how you can help here. All gifts will be matched up to $215,000 through May 2021, thanks to the generous local support of Better, Fran & John Edwardson, and Susan & Nick Noyes. Make a gift today!