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Easing the Hearts and Minds of Military Children

A version of this post, by Bill Fortune, originally appeared on the Colorado Red Cross’ blog. The excitement was everywhere. The conversations were lively. The laughter was contagious. The noise level elevated. Kids being kids and doing what kids do best – enjoying the moment and the outdoors, renewing friendships and creating new ones. Five days of […]

The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift: A Lifetime of Gratitude

Dads are superheroes. Cape-less warriors that can fix any scraped knee, protect you from bullies, and be there to catch you before you fall. This Father’s Day, Red Crossers share stories of their dad’s influence, sacrifice and service. Red Cross Provides Emergency Communications in Vietnam: Reflection for Father’s Day By Brittany Jennings, Regional Communications Officer, Eastern […]

How This 92-Year-Old Red Cross Volunteer Helps Servicemembers

Mrs. Lina Czubas has been a Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteer for 60 years. She’s still serving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 92! Can you out-pin Lina? Lina began her service as a military spouse in 1956 at Fort Dix in New Jersey. As wife to an Army military […]

A Day in the Life of a Red Cross Team Leader in Djibouti

By Amber O’Steen, Team Leader, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti I’ve been on site for almost four months in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. I wanted to share a quick peek into my work with Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) so folks have an idea of what it looks like to deploy overseas with the American Red Cross. Here’s what a recent day looked […]

Throwback for National Donut Day: Donut Dolly, Kathy Hoff

A version of this post originally appeared on News from the Kentucky Region, written by Lauren Thomas. Happy National Donut Day! If you’ve never heard of Red Cross Donut Dollies, you’re in for a treat! (That is, unless you’ve already snagged a donut today. Then this is treat number two.) From her time as a Red […]

Red Cross Volunteer Nurses Serve Across the World with Armed Forces

We tip our hats to nurses everywhere for National Nurses Week, but couldn’t help calling out some fantastic nurses serving with our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) department. These volunteer Red Cross nurses demonstrate the same compassion for the military community first demonstrated by Clara Barton during the Civil War. They carry on her legacy […]

Providing an Emergency Message for One of Our Own

Many people aren’t aware that assisting the U.S. military through the Service to Armed Forces (SAF) program is a Red Cross core service. Providing assistance to the armed forces for more than 100 years, the Red Cross takes pride in being that direct link between service members and their families. Emergency communications is one of the activities […]

What Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Work Looks Like in Spain

You may be a long-time blood donor, a disaster volunteer or a proud CPR-trained citizen. But how much do you know about our work with United States Armed Forces across the world? For Red Cross Month, we have a Q&A with Jonathan Glenn, Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Regional Program Manager at the Naval Station in Rota, Spain. Tell […]

The Red Cross Is There as Soldiers Return Home

By Brittany Jennings, Regional Communications and Marketing Director in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hours before families arrived for a welcome home ceremony at Ft. Bragg on March 9, the American Red Cross was preparing for them. At 2:45 a.m., coffee brewed in the Red Cross office on the installation. Volunteers put on their blue vests and got to work loading […]

Charlie, the Kangaroo Hero

For many military veterans, the support of therapy animals can be life-changing. For residents at a Salt Lake City veterans home, the same holds true. Though where one may be accustomed to seeing a dog or cat fill such a role, at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake City Veterans Home a rather unusual animal […]