Red Cross blood drives return to Fairchild AFB

By Gordon Williams  The American Red Cross — striving to provide a supply of human blood to match the relentless demand — keeps opening new doors in the search for donors.  Red Cross blood drive at Fairchild AFB, April 2021 That’s why, for two days in early April, Red Cross crews collected blood at Fairchild … Continue reading Red Cross blood drives return to Fairchild AFB

April features salute to military children

By Mark Walker  Lacie Clark is all too familiar with the challenges faced by children of active-duty members of the military.  Clark and her husband, U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Jacob Clark, recently returned to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane following a deployment to England.   The couple and their children have also spent … Continue reading April features salute to military children

How Red Cross brings cheer to Walla Walla veterans

The granddaughters of a Red Cross volunteer participate in a "window visit" at the Walla Walla VA, February 2021 By Gordon Williams         The monthly “window visits” by Red Cross volunteers to residents of the Veterans Home in Walla Walla WA have grown into something special. Yet as explained by volunteer Carolyne Meagher, who leads the … Continue reading How Red Cross brings cheer to Walla Walla veterans

How Karene Gibbs and her sewing machine support the Red Cross

By Gordon Williams  Red Cross workers make use of many devices in carrying out their humanitarian mission--from emergency response vehicles to home smoke alarms to water safety gear. For volunteer Karene Gibbs of Walla Walla WA, her device of choice recently was a sewing machine.   When Covid-19 first struck, and face masks were in … Continue reading How Karene Gibbs and her sewing machine support the Red Cross

A virtual Red Cross event will offer real help to veterans

By Gordon Williams  Veteran’s Day is always a red-letter day for the American Red Cross. The humanitarian organization has had close ties to the military since battlefield nurse Clara Barton founded it in 1881. A major Red Cross function is Service to the Armed Forces (SAF), which provides assistance to members of the military, active … Continue reading A virtual Red Cross event will offer real help to veterans

How Colonel Raed Gyekis serves his Red Cross chapter

Colonel Gyekis (far right) participates in the grand opening of the Red Cross office at JBLM, September 2018 By Gordon Williams  American Red Cross chapters pick directors based on the industries and institutions that are vital to the communities they serve. That is why Raed Gyekis has served on the board of the Red Cross … Continue reading How Colonel Raed Gyekis serves his Red Cross chapter

How Linda Becerra serves the Red Cross — and the U.S.

By Gordon Williams With the Independence Day holiday at hand, it’s a good time to reflect on how much Red Cross volunteers do in the service of their country. Not only is the Red Cross on scene at the major disasters that strike the U.S., but the organization provides direct support to the nation's military … Continue reading How Linda Becerra serves the Red Cross — and the U.S.