On a Monday morning this year, residents of an East Fifth Ave. apartment complex awoke to words everyone dreads….fire, get out now! While all twelve residents made it out safely, they watched as their homes and belongings were destroyed by the fire. A Red Cross volunteer who responded to the fire that morning, recounts her…… Continue reading Picking Up the Pieces: A Volunteer's Perspective
As you can see from the number above, Red Cross volunteers respond to on average, one home fire each day in the greater Columbus area. This means that at least once a day a family watches as their belongings are claimed by the flames, yet they stand together grateful to be alive. Unfortunately that also means that…… Continue reading 528 Families Received Red Cross Assistance Following a Home Fire Last Year
As the flu season approaches we are hearing more and more about the need to prepare for pandemic flu. There is also a great deal of discussion and myth surrounding the new H1N1 flu vaccine. Many people point to the outbreak in 1976 and say that the vaccine killed more people than the disease and…… Continue reading H1N1 Vaccine Myths Debunked
For more than 25 years Nationwide Insurance has partnered with the Red Cross to support disaster relief and biomedical services. Now, this wonderful partnership is being recognized. The Red Cross and Nationwide Insurance have been selected as one of five finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center 2009 Partnership Award. This is…… Continue reading Your Vote Can Help Us Win!
Life as a Red Cross employee is always interesting, exciting and at times a little challenging. In my daytime role, I manage aquatic relationships and CPR and First Aid instructors. Not long ago, however, I was asked to fill in as a first aid station volunteer at a First Aid Service Team (F.A.S.T.) event. “The…… Continue reading 100,000 Fans and Me – A Rookie FASTer!
Sunday, my six-year-old son asked me, while driving home from an afternoon at the zoo, “Mommy, why don’t you go shopping anymore?” I had no idea where he was coming from with this question so asked him what he meant. He explained, rather slowly so that I would understand what he thought I should already…… Continue reading School Clothes, Hand Sanitizer and Batteries – What a Shopping List!
Hello. I am so excited to be writing my first blog post! I am new to blogging, but eager to share my Red Cross experiences. I am a volunteer Community Transportation driver for the American Red Cross, and have been driving seniors and people with disabilities to medical appointments for about a year and a…… Continue reading On the Road with Dee Dee