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Red Cross Military Family Reconnection Workshops

Valentine’s Day is coming, and it gives us the gift of a unique opportunity to appreciate our loved ones. This time is especially meaningful for the millions of military couples in our country who face the hardships, fears and stress associated with deployment, frequent moves, communication blackouts, mental health issues, and reintegration. Many service members [...]

Shop with Meaning to Give with Meaning

“Give with Meaning” is kind of our holiday motto around this place. Gifts that have personal meaning or community impact are the favorite kinds of gifts we like to give and receive. A few years ago, I got everyone in my family a gift from our Holiday Catalog – with each gift, I explained how [...]

It’s #GivingTuesday!! Spread Some Cheer

Good morning, and welcome to #GivingTuesday – the charitable cousin of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day for nonprofits across the country and around the world to shine – today, we get to thank YOU for being on our Red Cross team, and it’s an opportunity for YOU to participate in what is [...]

“The Stars” Align to Spread Hope on #GivingTuesday

Today, the stars are aligned. At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to work with our celebrity donors and volunteers, as well as many television and film partners.  Each day, they bring us creative ideas about how to alleviate suffering and save lives through the powerful and creative influence of the entertainment industry.  They sing [...]

Crafting with Kiddos

Once a year, the Red Cross provides Americans with an opportunity to send holiday cards to United States service members, veterans, and their families. Anyone is welcome to participate, and I know from experience that this campaign is a perfect way for adults and children alike to learn more about the American Red Cross and [...]

Celebrate Thanksgivukkah with Holiday Mail for Heroes

This week marks perhaps the rarest convergence of holidays ever: Thanksgivukkah! (For all my goys out there, Jewish holidays change annually based on the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th day of the Jewish month Kislev, which can fall anywhere from November 28 through December 26.) On this year, of all years, Hanukkah [...]

A Visual Twist to #HolidayMail for Heroes

Each year the American Red Cross community honors veterans, military families and active-duty service members by sending cards and personal messages of encouragement to our heroes around the world. The Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign has allowed us to send missions of cards to service members, bringing smiles and a touch of home to our [...]

From the Archives: Women in the Red Cross

It’s Women’s History Month! And to commemorate it, the Red Cross archives will feature images from the collection portraying women and their diverse roles in the organization. Since the founding of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in 1881, women have played an important part in advancing the organization’s programs and services. The second [...]

Reflection

The calendar tells me we’re already a third of the way through January, but for some reason I’m dragging my feet (or perhaps my incomplete December to-do list is holding me hostage) when it comes to biding farewell to 2012 and fully embracing 2013. I had originally planned to write about my Red Cross Resolutions [...]

From the Archives: Christmas Seals and Combating Tuberculosis

In the early twentieth century, the American Red Cross played a role in the fight against tuberculosis with Christmas seals. Before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, tuberculosis or TB was one of the deadliest killers. No one was immune from the disease. The only treatments known to work were rest, proper nutrition and [...]