Daniel Lambson was motivated to become a phlebotomist “to help people…to save lives.” That motivation, in part, stemmed from a personal experience.
A sad goodbye to Red Cross icon Kevin Kopp
By Gordon Williams Responding to life-threatening disasters, as American Red Cross workers do, builds tightly-knit teams that come to resemble families. When a member of such a team dies, all team members feel a sense of wrenching loss. Red Cross workers throughout the Pacific Northwest are experiencing such a loss now, following the death of … Continue reading A sad goodbye to Red Cross icon Kevin Kopp
Why I donate blood: Kathleen Lappe
Kathleen Lappe's brother was only eight years old when he was diagnosed with a staph infection and as a result had to go undergo several major operations. This harrowing experience of watching her baby brother spend many weeks in the hospital to get blood transfusions became Kathleen's motivation to becoming a blood donor.
How a Devastating Disaster Changed the Trajectory of Amber Lee’s Life
Amber Lee’s desire to volunteer for the Red Cross was born out of tragedy. In 2014, an unstable hill collapsed in Oso, WA, creating a massive mudslide that caused 43 deaths. Two of them were Amber’s friends. Over the coming days, she realized the event would be the impetus for changing her life profoundly.
He’s driven over 60,000 miles. He’s volunteered countless hours. All for lifesaving deliveries.
“When you get to a hospital someplace at eleven o'clock at night” and the staff meets you at the front door to rush the blood you are transporting inside, it's “because someone in that hospital needs help now. So, there is a sense of doing something good for people.”
Why I donate blood: Janet Spangle
By Charvee Sharma, American Red Cross Volunteer A little competition is always healthy, more so when it involves saving lives! And that’s the spirit behind Janet Spangle’s pursuit to donate blood. As a young child, Janet grew up watching her firefighter dad accomplish the 50-gallon mark, an achievement only a few donors across the US … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Janet Spangle
The Pillowcase Project has taught hundreds of youth in the Northwest Region how to stay safe in an emergency
September is National Preparedness Month. It's the perfect time for kids to learn how to stay safe when an emergency strikes, to practice what they learn and to share their knowledge with family members and friends.
Protecting Your Health During Wildfire Season
This September we were once again greeted by a now familiar sight: brown, hazy air blocking the view of surrounding mountains and hills accompanied by the ever-present smell of smoke.
Proactive Preparedness: How the Red Cross Has Helped the Town of Index Prepare for the Next Wildfire Threat
“We wanted to do outreach in a community that had been evacuated because of a wildfire and be sensitive to that, while also providing wildfire information, home fire information and just general community information,” said Christen.
How the Red Cross is Adapting to More Frequent Disasters
It is a sign of the times that major weather and catastrophic events are no longer measured against the recollections of old-timers, but rather the recent memories of soccer moms and their children. “This year’s Labor Day weekend was bad,” they might say, “but nothing like 2017 and 2018. And 2020 was the worst!”