By Olivia Bayuk RN, American Red Cross Volunteer As I look out my window in Post Falls, Idaho, at the snow slowly piling up on trees and roadways, I realize, with a start, that we have once again reached that time of year -- the time of snow, sledding, decorations, presents, family, and travel. For many people, it is a joyous season, as they look forward to the colors, the music, the anticipation of Christmas morning, and the promise of visits from acquaintances old and new.
Don’t let candles make you a home fire statistic
By Gordon Williams There are a couple of things you should know about candles if you want to dampen the risk of a holiday-season home fire. First, December is the biggest month of the year for candle sales. No surprise, given that the three seasonal holidays — Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — all make copious … Continue reading Don’t let candles make you a home fire statistic
Harriet Bakken: Giving Back in More Ways Than One
Sometimes we stumble upon an unknown passion in an unexpected way. For Harriet Bakken, it just so happened that she found a passion for serving the Red Cross while at soccer practice.
Washington High School Student earns scholarship by hosting blood drive
By: Charvee Sharma The power to save hundreds of lives lies with those who choose to go the extra mile and make a difference. Susannah Gillespie, a high school student from Camas High School in SW Washington, is one such champion. She donned a leadership hat to help support the critical need for blood. As part of the American Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Susannah helped collect 29 pints … Continue reading Washington High School Student earns scholarship by hosting blood drive
These Safety Rules are Crucial to Follow When Using a Home Generator
By Gordon Williams, American Red Cross Volunteer When stormy weather knocks out the power to your house, it’s comforting to have a generator to turn to for back-up warmth and light. Trouble is, that comfort can quickly turn to calamity if you don’t know, or don’t follow, the rules for home generator safety.
Why I Donate Blood: Crystal Mounsey
. I have been told my whole life that couldn’t donate blood. Now at the age of 46, I realized I had no clue why. Earlier in the year, my mother took a fall, shattering her hip and breaking her leg in three places. Both of the injuries required surgery. And during two of the surgeries, she … Continue reading Why I Donate Blood: Crystal Mounsey
Why I donate blood: DeFrance Clarke
Blood is a precious resource but has a limited shelf life. With blood donations slowing down during the holiday season, maintaining an adequate blood supply becomes even more critical in helping yield life-saving blood products for surgical procedures, traumatic injuries, and chronic illnesses.
How Boeing supports Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
Photo courtesy: Armando Mejia via LinkedIn By Gordon Williams If responding to disasters is all you think about when you think about the American Red Cross, you are overlooking one of the organization’s most important functions — Service to the Armed Forces (SAF). Each year the Red Cross provides assistance to an average of 150,000 … Continue reading How Boeing supports Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
Service After Service: Spokane Veteran Chet Roshetko
By Gordon Williams It’s no coincidence that Chet Roshetko will spend this Veterans Day serving as a board member for the American Red Cross Greater Inland and Northwest Chapter, in Spokane. Chet is a military veteran, having served 27 ½ years in the Air Force. The fact that his chapter’s board traditionally has a member … Continue reading Service After Service: Spokane Veteran Chet Roshetko
How to Stay Safe and Prepared this Flu Season
It is that time of year. Pumpkins, hot chocolate, leaf raking, and the flu. As the weather gets colder and people head indoors, cases of influenza start to rise. The start of flu season varies every year. Typically, it starts around October, peaks between December and February, and starts to taper off toward spring.