The first time I gave blood was my senior year in high school. The American Red Cross came to my school gymnasium and set up their stations, creating screening areas with privacy walls and a square group of donation beds with volunteers and supplies in the center. The process was pretty straightforward: prick the finger…… Continue reading Give Life! Give Blood!
Millions of people are expected to make travel plans to see the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. The American Red Cross and emergency officials are urging people planning to travel to see the eclipse to come prepared. · Pack an emergency kit in case you get stuck in traffic or…… Continue reading Red Cross Offers Eclipse Safety Tips
For one day, all across central Ohio, thousands of people had their voice heard as they spoke up about their community. Hundreds of conversations occurred as people came together to focus on their community and home. The event was The Columbus Foundation’s second annual community discussion, The Big Table. The Big Table is part of…… Continue reading Local Red Cross Sits at The Big Table
A few months ago, the American Red Cross opened a shelter after a 99-unit apartment fire in Columbus, housing people from a variety of ethnic and faith traditions. Shelter volunteers met were able to meet their needs for food and shelter. Emily Aloto, Recovery Manager, was also able to send a Red Cross Disaster Mental…… Continue reading Caring for Body, Mind and Spirit
You’re snug in bed under the covers, fast asleep. Suddenly your ringtone jars you awake. Then you remember: You’re on call for the Red Cross. There’s been a fire. You jump into your clothes and head out into the frigid night. You see the smoke even before you arrive at the chaotic scene. You hone…… Continue reading Safe and Sound
Another war. Alma had seen too many of her young relatives go to war, she thought, starting with her son Henry during World War II. Somehow they’d all come home alive, but each in some way wounded. The physical wounds were the most obvious, and, it seemed, the easiest to treat. As often as possible…… Continue reading Voices From Home
If you’re like me, there’s at least one person on your holiday gift list who’s hard to buy for. Every year, you search – on line or on foot – for the perfect gift. Even then, you might not be sure you got it right. You just hope it means something to the recipient. There…… Continue reading Give Something That Means Something