Hospital Patients Rely on Lifesaving Blood Every Day – But How Does it Get There?

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The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of our nation’s blood to hospitals where patients are in desperate need. Most of us are familiar with Red Cross blood drives, but the donation is just the beginning of the journey. Once it is tested and properly stored, we then have to deliver the donated blood, plasma or platelets to those who need it, when they need it. Our volunteer Biomedical Transportation Specialists provide this essential service. Continue reading

Hero Care Network – Helping Military Families in Need


By: Amy McCray

During the American Civil War, Clara Barton worked to bring supplies and supportive services to the soldiers in the field.  One of the services that she provided involved correspondence between those soldiers, their families, and friends back home.  By establishing the American Red Cross in 1881, Barton laid the foundation for one of the most important functions of The American Red Cross today—Service to Armed Forces and the Hero Care Network. Continue reading

The Historic and Modern Role of Nurses at the American Red Cross


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By: Diane Toomey

Edited by: Betsy Robertson

We’re very proud of our heritage at the American Red Cross. Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, her individual contributions during the Civil War pre-date the role we now call nursing, but Clara’s work was exactly that. She learned how to store and distribute medical items, and offered personal support to the soldiers in hopes of keeping their spirits up. Clara knew she was needed on the battlefield, caring for those who were suffering.

Fast forward to modern times, nurses at the American Red Cross represent all stages of their careers, from students and active medical professionals, to veterans who continue their life’s work through volunteering. Continue reading

In Memory and Honor – 2014 Washington Landslide

By Chris Granville

Three years ago, our region witnessed one of the most destructive landslides ever recorded. The landslide near Oso, Washington occurred at 10:37 a.m. that day when an unstable portion of hill collapsed, sending mud and debris across the Stillaguamish River and destroying 49 homes in the neighborhood of Steelhead Haven. Tragically, 43 people—husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters from the tightknit community—were lost in one of the worst natural disasters the Pacific Northwest has ever seen. Continue reading