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National Day of Service: President Gail McGovern Invites You to Join Us

President-elect Barack Obama has called on each of us to volunteer in our communities on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to usher in a new spirit of service. Every single day the Red Cross plays a part in changing lives forever. On Monday, you too can change a life — starting with [...]

Survive a Plane Crash

  In the wake of yesterday’s plane crash in the Hudson River (where everyone survived) we wanted to remind you of all the steps you can take to prepare yourself for this rare event. Study the safety card in front of you Listen to the safety and evacuation review Count the seats to the exits [...]

Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

This is the first post* in our new weekly series called the Worldwide Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the major (and sometimes small, but interesting) international Red Cross news into one list of nice little bite-sized links for you: GAZA: ICRC President, Jakob Kellenberger, is in the middle of his three-day tour of Israel and [...]

No Idle Hands: Red Cross Pattern #35

It’s cold for most of us this week. What better way to pass the time than to do some knitting and sewing? A commenter on Unsung Sewing’s post summed up nicely the history of the Red Cross relationship with knitting and sewing: Civilian[s] in the US (and elsewhere, of course) volunteered to make clothes (hospital [...]

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Much of the United States is experiencing an arctic blast this week. Quickly, here are some tips to stay safe and warm in freezing weather. Please stay tuned to our Online Newsroom for Red Cross Disaster Response information pertaining to the cold weather.

DC is Getting Ready for the Inauguration. Are You?

Our headquarters (and therefore this blog) are in Washington, DC, a place that’s abuzz with nerves and plans as we prepare to welcome the estimated millions for the Inauguration festivities. Are you planning to come? If so, please follow this advice from our Red Cross disaster preparedness experts. In addition, here are some more helpful [...]

Brand New redcross.org Unveiled Today

Without further ado, please visit the new and improved redcross.org today.

Friday Roundup: Chapters Blogging

– Capitol Area Chapter blog in Tallahassee Florida announces they’re offering 4th and 5th graders a chance to win a year long pass to Disney World. – The Greater Chicago Chapter blog has invited their youth auxiliary board to post every Friday. The first installment is from Erick Laseca, Northwestern University grad student and Red [...]

Conflict in Gaza: How International Red Cross Operations Work

American Red Cross international disaster response looks easy. A disaster strikes; people donate money; and the American Red Cross ensures that money, supplies and services reach the people that need them most. While this is certainly what happens at a bird’s eye view, the current conflict in the Gaza Strip provides an excellent example of [...]

A Red Cross Anthem Came to Us in YouTube Video Response

This just in: YouTube user Lancecorp just posted a video response called Red Cross Anthem to several of our videos. We all just gathered around my desk to watch it. I suggest you do the same. Thank you to the people who wrote this song and put together this video. We want to talk to [...]