They told their stories in the warmth and safety of the Dodge Recreation Center, where the American Red Cross opened a shelter after a fire displaced residents of a Westside apartment complex on the last day of January. At least two dozen people lived in at the shelter at various points during the week it…… Continue reading A Roof Over Their Heads
When John Fraley of Canal Winchester, Columbus, Ohio, got the call, he had to be ready to answer. “They called me at nine o’clock at night, and I was on a plane by nine o’clock the next morning,” John said. He arrived the next day to a Red Cross operations center one-half mile from the…… Continue reading Ready at a Moment’s Notice
The fire started on a frigid January day with a spark in the chimney, leaving a gap to the outside and the home temporarily unlivable. Paul King and Mariah Bazile, disaster service workers with the American Red Cross, were there to make a tough situation easier. They listened. They offered blankets and clean-up kits, financial…… Continue reading Prevent a Home Fire This Winter!
It all started around 9 a.m. on November 16, when Scott Rhinehart’s fiancée woke up to the smell of smoke and the screech of smoke alarms. Unable to get out of the upstairs bedroom, she had to wait for the fire department to get a ladder and rescue her. Breaking down the door and spraying…… Continue reading Undaunted
You’re a college student looking for an internship to build your resume. You like your current job, but you feel drawn to “give back” to your community. You’re a retiree with decades of work experience and want to share it through volunteer service. Whatever your current situation, the American Red Cross offers dozens of opportunities…… Continue reading Give a Little, Get a Lot!
In an early job as a respiratory therapist using a crash cart, Mary experienced a lot of excitement. Somehow, she always managed to stay calm. Now, as a Red Cross volunteer, she brings that calm presence to the sites of home fires and other local disasters. “I was looking for a community service organization where…… Continue reading Calm in the Middle of Chaos
The hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida and the Caribbean this past summer made headlines for several months, drawing the compassion of thousands of generous volunteers and donors. More than 180 American Red Cross volunteers in the Ohio Buckeye Region volunteered to meet the desperate needs of the thousands affected by these devastating storms, as well…… Continue reading The Best Part of Someone’s Worst Day