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Teen Volunteers Make a Difference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

As the leaves turn and school is in full swing, we’d like to take the time to reflect on the contributions of our youth volunteers. We were lucky enough to have more than 40 high school students who volunteered with the Red Cross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The VolunTeens spent 6 weeks of […]

How “The West Wing” Inspires Volunteerism: Then and Now

Part of my weekly routine involves watching a few episodes of The West Wing – it’s (sometimes) intelligent fiction, well written, etc….but this habit mostly stemmed from my husband being borderline flabbergasted/appalled that I had not watched this show before. People will tell you that the show seems to predict a lot of things, but […]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Asks “What is a Hero?”

Last night, on the finale of TNT’s The Hero, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson asked contestants to define what it means to be a hero. On the show, contestants have competed for the title of #TheHero in challenges of strength, courage and integrity, so many of them offered strong perspectives on true heroism. For #HeroDave, heroism […]

Four Absolutes Disproved at Walter Reed

This post was written by Erin Sikorski, who has spent the summer in DC, working as a communications intern for the Service to the Armed Forces department. Erin is a junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in public relations. As a summer intern at the Red Cross National Headquarters in DC, I recently had […]

From the Archives – The Hartford Circus Fire

On July 6, 1944, in Hartford, CT, a flame ignited the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus big top tent during the afternoon show. The fire started along the side wall near the main entrance. The canvas circus tent, coated in gasoline and paraffin to repel water, was extremely flammable and within minutes the entire […]

St. Louis Chapter Reconnects Brothers Separated 12 Years

Working with the Restoring Family Links team, I’m privy to some pretty incredible stories — stories of hope and love persevering against all odds to bring families and loved ones long thought lost back into each others’ lives. The dedication of our volunteers is often behind some of the most touching stories, and a recent […]

Top 6 Reasons to Volunteer at a VA or Military Hospital

6. Really adorable sweet old people Anyone who had the privilege of knowing their grandparents heard how the World Wars affected your family, whether or not they served. Older vets often just want company and someone to hear their stories, and as the WWII population decreases, we don’t have much time left to serve this […]

Fired Up for a Frozen Showdown

Wow! What an end to All Star Celebrity Apprentice. The last two contestants are standing and it’s Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette! Penn’s a great competitor, but we love Trace and the voice he’s given to disaster victims the last several weeks. All of us at the Red Cross are so proud of Trace and […]

Surfing Report: Supermodels, Country Stars, Carl’s Junior, Turtle Swimming and more

Satellite view of California Wildfire smoke over the ocean [Gawker] Hurricane Sandy, 6 months later [The Big Picture] Grandma gave her wedding ring to the Red Cross [Nancy Jo] Designing for the Science of Service Delivery [SSIR] You can join this Stars for Heroes Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s campaign [Benefits Service to Armed Forces] Don’t be […]

Red Cross Club Spotlight: Texas A&M University

This post is the third in a series about American Red Cross Clubs at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Read the introduction to this series (“Join the Club”) here, and learn more about how to join and/or start an American Red Cross club (“Red Cross Club FAQ”) here. A couple of months […]