Everyone Needs a Place to Sleep

It was an overcast December night, gray and frigid with a steely air, when I got the call. It was my first call as a member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for the Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross. I’d done the interview, taken the online training classes, and signed up online for some volunteer shifts, but the first few shifts hadn’t materialized into anything, thankfully. There were no local disasters on…… Continue reading Everyone Needs a Place to Sleep

Take A Slow, Deep Breath…

Stress. It’s the six -letter word we’re all talking about. Military members, veterans and their families deal with it, just like the rest of us. In addition, they have the stresses that come with deployments, dealing with combat trauma, and transitioning to life back home. Barb Benjdi is a Red Cross volunteer in the Services…… Continue reading Take A Slow, Deep Breath…

Corporate Sponsors Saving Lives!

The goal of the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm National Signature Event is to install 100,000 smoke alarms in 100 major cities between April 28 and May 13, 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, and we couldn’t do it without a lot of help.  More than 27,000 volunteers have signed up nationally for Sound the…… Continue reading Corporate Sponsors Saving Lives!

Don’t Ignore The Chirp!

It was a regular day, in a regular neighborhood, in a regular house, the residence of a fairly typical elderly man, someone’s father, uncle, or grandfather, perhaps. And it might have been just a regular, polite exchange of pleasantries and nothing more, if not for that high-pitched chirping sound that had been disrupting the man…… Continue reading Don’t Ignore The Chirp!

Sound the Alarm With Becky Perkins!

The Sound the Alarm National Signature Event of the American Red Cross is approaching soon! In order to make such a large event possible, it requires many helping hands. One of the people active in smoke alarm installations with the Red Cross is Becky Perkins, who is part of the planning committee for the event.…… Continue reading Sound the Alarm With Becky Perkins!