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Around the Watercooler: This Week at the Red Cross

 

SERVICES TO THE ARMED FORCES

Red Cross Retrospective – Workers Land on Normandy Beach

Well before the invasion, the Red Cross was preparing for the clubmobile programs move to the continent. The task forces were to follow as close in the wake of the armed forces as military authorities would permit. They used the 2 ½ ton GMC truck for the clubmobiles. The Red Cross supplied water and generators for each group. The Daniel Boone of Clubmobile Group B was the first to land on the beach. 75,000 doughnuts were served the first week of operation. By the end of July, five more clubmobile groups had arrived.

INTERNATIONAL

American Red Cross Provides Assistance for Balkans Flooding

The American Red Cross is contributing a total of $400,000 to support flood relief efforts in the Balkans, including shelter supplies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and distribution of food, relief items and water and sanitation activities in Serbia.

Bangladesh: School kids ready to save lives

Tenth grader Sania Islam has felt the ground trembling in Bangladesh. Aware that the next earthquake could be much bigger, she is taking action to keep herself and her classmates safe. Thanks to the American Red Cross, Sania’s school—and 49 others in the South Asian country—are now equipped with skills and knowledge to protect themselves during natural disasters.

PREPARING FOR SEVERE WEATHER

Red Cross Prepares as Severe Weather Threatens Midwest

Millions of people face the risk of severe weather today and tomorrow in the Midwest and the American Red Cross wants to make sure they are prepared for thunderstorms, strong winds and possible tornadoes.

RESTORING FAMILY LINKS

Reconnecting with Family after 30 Years

George Kantor has been looking for his niece for quite some time. Thirty years, to be precise. And while he has always known of the American Red Cross, he never imagined that they would be the ones that would finally reconnect them.

The Discovery of Family – The Red Cross Restores a Family’s Links

What’s it like to grow up without extended family? What does it feel like to be the only child of World War II concentration camp survivors whose families had been killed in Nazi camps? It was a lonely road for Johnny Herzberg who emigrated from Europe as a young child. Now, in his retirement years, Herzberg turned to the Red Cross Restoring Family Links resources, a team in West Los Angeles headed by Svetlana Fusekova, Samantha Forcum and Americorps Barbara Mariscal.

NATIONAL CPR/AED AWARENESS WEEK

CPR How-to Included in Red Cross First Aid App

The American Red Cross aims to share potentially lifesaving information on how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) during National CPR and AED Awareness Week. One resource provided by the Red Cross is a First Aid App, which covers a variety of first aid needs and situations – including instant, free information on how to perform CPR and how to treat someone who is having a heart attack.

CPR/AED Training Saves Lives

Did you know sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of adult death in this country and that most cardiac arrests happen in someone’s home? During CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the American Red Cross encourages people to take CPR/AED training to learn how to respond should someone suffer cardiac arrest.

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