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When Compassion Meets Compression

As a new Red Cross employee, getting trained in the basics of CPR, AEDs and first aid were at the top of my list. I headed to Fort Belvoir this month to the on-site Red Cross chapter. (P.S., if you don’t know about the work the Red Cross does with the military, check it out!) My [...]

I Wish You’d Been Here

By Duane Hallock,  Red Cross Advanced Public Affairs Team I really wish you had been with me in the mayor’s office. I was in Darrington, Washington, the small logging town hit hard by the March 22 mudslide that destroyed much of the nearby community of Oso. The slide buried about a mile of the highway [...]

Volunteers Map Fire-Affected Neighborhoods in Chile

When news of a major fire in Valparaíso, Chile made headlines on Monday, some people sent donations. Some people took to social media. And some people mapped. Not wasting any time, digital volunteers gathered at the American Red Cross headquarters Monday morning, grabbed some caffeine and began to make a detailed map of neighborhoods affected [...]

No Stopping Us: Millennials Give Back and Get Ahead

Sometimes it’s easy to miss what’s right under your nose. Whether you’re a high school student looking for activities to give back or boost your college application, or away at college looking for that one way to have a lasting impact outside the classroom, the American Red Cross has a ton of opportunities across the [...]

Thank You, Volunteers, for Time Alone with My Thoughts

For the most part, I spend my days on the go with nary a free minute to stop and think, at least not about anything except what I’m doing at that moment and the very next task on my to-do list. Yesterday my to-do list included donating blood. I donate blood because it saves lives, [...]

Coping with the Fort Hood Tragedy

This post was co-written written by Liz Fielden, Associate and Diane Manwill, LPC LMFT LCPC-S, Senior Associate, Mental Health for Services to the Armed Forces department at the National Headquarters in DC.  In the wake of yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood, Texas, our hearts go out to all members of the military community stationed [...]

An Unexpected Consequence of Disaster Planning

That’s a pretty downer blog title, right? With the two moderate earthquakes that hit Southern California this in the past few weeks, I was asked to write a blog post about earthquake preparedness – the task seemed simple enough until my husband and I started diving into some serious planning questions. I went through the [...]

“Heads Together” in Haiti

This post was written by Jonathan Garro, an Information Analyst for the American Red Cross who traveled to Haiti in mid-March.   My first visit to Haiti came four years after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and forced more than 1.5 million people into camps. Of course I’d heard much about [...]

My Everyday Heroes

On March 1st, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States. The annual Presidential Proclamation, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt began in 1943, highlights the month in a way that allows the organization to publically thank Americans for their past support, promote existing Red Cross programs and services, and recruit [...]

Before You Take A Dip, Here’s some safety tips

 By Peter Wernicki, MD American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council As an orthopedic surgeon, I see plenty of people who injure themselves in and around water on their vacations. There are the typical slips and falls around pools and the joint and muscle tears from water injuries. I know that when good times aren’t safe [...]