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Real Adventures in Babysitting

Grant Hansen is a Director, Product Development (First Aid/CPR/AED & Babysitting) for the American Red Cross. When the Red Cross put out a call for “so-bad-they’re-funny” babysitting stories, we got quite the response. It goes to show that when our Babysitting Basics and Advanced Child Care Training instructors tell sitters to be prepared for the [...]

Holiday Gifting That Matters

I start my holiday shopping in January. Yes, January. When I see something that I know one of my family members, friends, neighbors, or kids’ teachers would love, regardless of the time of year, I buy it right that very minute and store it until the following December. This shopping method keeps me ahead of [...]

Red Cross Counters Most Recent Media Stories Regarding Spending

We stand by the fact that an average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. Our financial statements are clear in this regard. Our costs are listed in those statements and have long been available on our website for transparency.  They are audited each [...]

What Not to Do: The Mindy Project Demonstrates Fire Safety

Thanks to one free week of Hulu Plus, I spent my Saturday evening doing all sorts of wonderful things. Namely, starting season 1, episode 1 of The Mindy Project. As happens to most Red Crossers, relevant safety lessons jump out of pop culture around every corner. Let’s take a moment to glean some critical fire [...]

Celebrities Star Struck by Young Philanthropist, Sophia on #GivingTuesday

For several years 15-year-old Sophia Greenwalt from Missouri has been raising money for people in need every month, by getting people to pay a dollar to wear a hat to school, one day out of the month. She calls it “Helping Hats.”  With a little help from local businesses that often match these donations, Sophia has [...]

But That Could Never Happen To Me!

Did you know the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and the majority of those responses are home fires? I know what you’re thinking: “Well, that could never happen to me.” I know you all too well, my friend. But actually, it can happen and I recently had my first home [...]

Share a Bit of “Hope.ly” this Holiday Season

Today is Giving Tuesday, and social media will be buzzing all day with posts from terrific people (like yourself) sharing their support of various nonprofit organizations and causes. While you’re in this giving and sharing mood, the Red Cross and Bitly have teamed up to create hope.ly—a new social tool that allows you to shorten [...]

State of Social Giving — Live Chat

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An Open Letter to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

Note: If you haven’t seen the video gem that is “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON” (and that’s the full official name), you should watch this before perusing this open letter to Marcel. Here is the recently released part three:   Dear Marcel, We were totally thrilled to see your latest interview posted on YouTube, [...]

A Millennial Gives a Thumbs Up to New Social Giving Survey

I’m just going to come out and say what I sometimes feel I’m generally judged for. I’m a millennial! I text while I walk; I Snapchat a selfie; I express my emotional sorrow in an emoji; and I even shamelessly check the number of hearts I receive on Instagram. But you know what? Today I’m [...]