Hearts, Hammers and Smoke Alarms

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By: Nancy Waddell

Photos by: Jen Blackwood

The first Saturday in May is a special day on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle WA. Hundreds of community volunteers with the non-profit organization Hearts & Hammers turn out to help residents in need fix up homes and yards.

For the third year in a row, local Red Cross volunteers joined the South Whidbey event to provide and install smoke alarms in these homes. For the first time, they worked with the Central Whidbey group this year as well. Continue reading

Edmonds Students help Red Cross “Save-a-Life”

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By: Nashika Stanbro
Edited by: Nancy Waddell

On April 14, the American Red Cross joined forces with Premera Blue Cross to provide free, life-saving hands-only CPR training.

The event took place on the Edmonds Community College campus, where Red Cross volunteers received a helping hand from several enthusiastic student volunteers. Continue reading

New Partnership Grows from Ashes

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By: Anna Hiatt

Edited by: Nancy Waddell

 

On December 31, 2015, a catastrophic apartment fire broke out in South Everett in an older, World War II era building. One person died and 15 were injured, but many more were left in need of help.

The Red Cross responded to the Casino Road fire, but so did another organization called Hand in Hand. Their mission is to help children in the foster care system and low-income families in the greater Snohomish County region. Since that night, the Red Cross and Hand in Hand have maintained contact and continued to partner on efforts to support the local community. Continue reading

The Evolution of Red Crosser Kelli Thode

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By: Anna Hiatt

Edited by: Nancy Waddell

Photos by: Nashika Stanbro

 

As the Disaster Action Team (DAT) Coordinator for the Red Cross Serving Snohomish County, volunteer Kelli Thode has first-hand knowledge of the motto “Sleeves up, hearts open, all in!” Continue reading

Enriching the Education of Student Nurses

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By: Dale Steinke

Edited by: Betsy Robertson

Photos by: Tina Piaskowski

Using the power of music to heal veterans, a group of Gonzaga seniors are getting unique career experience through a 10-week Red Cross student nursing program. Continue reading

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