“The best thing about the Army was the people, all of us soldiers, working together as a team with a single focus, defending the nation,” said H.T Linke, Chapter Communication Consultant. “That’s kind of the way it is with the Red Cross too, people working together with a single focus, serving people when they are in desperate times. It’s why I love the Red Cross; it’s not what drew me to the organization but it’s what has kept me here for fifteen years.”
[Slideshow] 5 Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts
Shop the American Red Cross Store for last minute Father’s Day gifts that help your dad prepare for emergencies.
RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES
Today is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. We recognize this disease by sharing stories of two people diagnosed with sickle cell disease.
It’s a question many people don’t think about: Would blood be available if I needed it? The reality is, every two seconds someone does need blood—but its availability is not something to take for granted. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Supermodel Niki Taylor credits blood donors with helping save her life after she was critically injured in a 2001 car accident. As World Blood Donor Day approaches, she has partnered with the American Red Cross and Nexcare to remind everyone to roll up a sleeve and give blood.
One thing is clear from stories compiled by the American Red Cross – the act of donating blood is greater than just you.
[Slideshow] World Refugee Day: More than a Number
Some 38.7 million people live as refugees and internally displaced people around the world, forced to choose between safety and their family and the comforts of home. Of those, 46 percent are children under the age of 18. This World Refugee Day, June 20th, the American Red Cross joins with the global community to call attention to the needs of these refugees and the ways in which people can help shoulder their burden.
Wendy Brightman is an American Red Cross specialist who has responded to disasters around the world and is currently assisting the Jordanian Red Crescent as they help refugees arriving from Syria.
To date, 2.8 million Syrians are refugees and between 6.5 and 7.6 million are displaced internally, and the latest contribution increases the total American Red Cross commitment to aid in Syria and for Syrian refugees in surrounding countries to $2.3 million.
The American Red Cross contributed $100,000 to assist with relief efforts in Vietnam following the devastation caused by Typhoons Wutip and Nari in the fall of 2013. The funding is being used to provide cash grants, which help people rebuild their lives, farms and communities. In April, the American Red Cross also deployed a specialist to assist with training and monitoring the disbursement of these cash grants.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Before your kids toss aside their backpack and head outside to play, take a minute to brush up on your first aid knowledge. Tips, lists and mobile apps from the American Red Cross have you covered from anything you mig
ht encounter outside, from thunderstorm preparedness to bee stings and everything in between.
The warm weather has finally arrived and the American Red Cross reminds pet owners that the higher temperatures can pose a danger to their animals.
Weather experts say it is the first heat wave of the season and the American Red Cross provides safety steps to take when the temperatures soar.
DISASTER RECAP AND PREP
One of the most common disasters in this country is flooding. Floods can occur anywhere and the American Red Cross wants people to know what steps they should take if their home is threatened with the possibility of flooding.
The American Red Cross is helping people in communities throughout the Midwest after this week’s tornadoes and floods as some areas brace for more rain and additional flooding.
On June 11, 2014, the American Red Cross gathered with other organizations including the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and New York Disaster Interfaith Services to welcome home the Auer family of Staten Island, nearly twenty months after Sandy’s landfall. To see photos of the homecoming celebration, click here.