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March is Red Cross Month!

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As I rushed to a school meeting this morning, my mind raced with assignments to get done, upcoming dates to remember, and everything I had to do by the end of the day. At the meeting with my peers and academic advisors, I was filling out some paperwork, like usual, and got to the bottom of the page that said, “Please sign and date.” I thought, “Okay, today is Friday, Valentine’s Day was just a little while ago, it’s probably February 21st…” Boy, was I wrong. Does anybody know where February went!?

As much as I was hoping time would slow down, the fact that March starts today means that GREAT things are in store for this month! Did you know that March is Red Cross Month?  Just like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, we tend to designate certain times to recognize and appreciate certain people in our lives. March as Red Cross Month is the perfect time for us to get together to celebrate the everyday heroes in our communities.

Every president since Roosevelt has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. Even the mayors of Central and Western MA proclaim this OUR month! There will be events throughout the month, like the Hometown Heroes Breakfast in Springfield, MA and the Breakfast of Champions in West Boylston, MA, both on March 28th. To find out more details visit this website: http://www.redcross.org/ma/worcester/news-events/events

Red Cross Month is an ideal time to be part of the Red Cross, and there are a variety of ways to do it. Work on a preparedness plan for your household so you will be ready for emergencies, or download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices such as the First Aid, hurricane or earthquake apps. Most importantly become a volunteer!

The Red Cross is grateful to the people in this country for their generous support. Thanks to them, the Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small, to help members of the military, provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and teach lifesaving skills.

March is a new month; let’s use this spring inspiration to celebrate and recognize our Everyday Heroes, and also become involved with the local Red Cross in your community! Stay tuned for more events and updates on March is Red Cross Month.

Experiencing a Disaster

Disaster relief is not at all uncommon to hear about when you are a Red Cross employee.  In fact, you are constantly aware of every disaster at all times such as fires, severe weather, etc.  However, hearing about disaster response for Hurricane Isaac, and actually experiencing it is a whole other story.

Last night we housed more than 5,000 individuals in 80 shelters.  Today more than 3,800 Red Cross responders will feed all those people and many, many more.  This storm brings back terror and worry for those on the Gulf Coast who are still struggling with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina 7 years ago. Families affected by Irene are still recovering and are being extremely brave through this time as they are leaving their home behind once more and being relocated to one of our shelters. American Red Cross has been very successful providing shelters to families to be relocated out of harms way.

At this time we have multiple volunteers deployed to different locations to help with hurricane Isaac.  Our very own Don Cawrse of Western MA was recently deployed to Florida, and now is located in Mississippi doing shelter work.  You as well can help is this disaster by donating to American Red Cross.  Please follow the link to donate or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002

Red Cross Prepares For Isaac

The Red Cross has launched a large disaster response that could last for weeks across multiple states along the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Isaac threatens millions of lives with strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and coastal surges.  

Just as our neighbors in the south answered our call after Hurricane Irene last year, we are willing and able to help them in their time of need. Eight of our local Red Cross workers have gone south to help with sheltering, emotional health needs and feeding. Additional paid and volunteer staff will continue to travel to help as the needs arise. 

As our neighbors continue to prepare for this storm, it’s always a good reminder that we all need to be prepared at home for storms and other emergencies. Please feel free to visit our newly designed preparedness page at www.redcross.org/prepare.

Also, If you have a smartphone, please be sure to install these free mobile apps from the American Red Cross by visiting  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps 

HOW TO HELP: You can always help by  making a donation by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The American Red Cross of Central MA Assists Families Following Fires in Webster and Brookfield

The American Red Cross of Central MA responded to two fires early this morning. A team of 7 volunteers went to assist families displaced by a fire at 31 Prospect Street in Webster. The team assisted six families (12 adults, 7 children) at the scene with comfort kits and food; five of the six were also assisted with shelter. The sixth family had alternate shelter. One family also received resources for clothing.

Another team of Red Cross volunteers dispatched to 34 Quabog Street in Brookfield this morning to assist those affected by a multi-unit fire. The team has already assisted six adults with shelter, bedding, food and clothing and will be meeting with two more adults later this afternoon to determine their needs. The Red Cross will be in contact with everyone displaced by the fire to offer emotional support and continued services.

Red Cross disaster services will be in contact with all families and individuals in the coming days to assist with recovery.

American Red Cross Central MA Disaster Team Continues to Help With Past Weekend Fires

The American Red Cross of Central MA Disaster Action Team assisted 34 people today following a 24-unit apartment building fire at 115 Pleasant Street in Worcester. The team arrived at the scene at 7:50 this morning and quickly set up a service center at All Saints Church on Irving Street. Twenty of the buildings 24 units were occupied .The Red Cross assisted 34 residents with financial resources for food as well as comforts kit and snacks and drinks. The landlord of the apartment building provided alternate shelter for many of the residents; others had an alternate place to stay or were not available at the scene.

The Red Cross will follow up with all residents in the coming days to assist with recovery.

The Red Cross of Central MA has responded to an unusual number of fires for this time of year. The Pleasant St. fire marks the 16th fire response since July 1 of this year.  Just this weekend the chapter assisted 70 people as a result of fires. The Red Cross urges residents to adhere to fire safety tips which can be found at www.redcross.org/firesafety.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money.  Red Cross is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.

You can help people affected by disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

American Red Cross Berkshire County Assists Family Following New Marlborough Fire

The American Red Cross Berkshire County Disaster Action Team responded to a single family house fire this morning at 327 Konkapot Road in New Marlborough. The team assisted one family (1 adult, 2 children) with financial resources for food and clothing. The Red Cross will be in touch with the family in the coming days to assist with recovery.

 

American Red Cross of Central MA Assists Over 66 People in Just Three Days Follow String of Worcester Fires

The American Red Cross of Central MA Disaster Action Team has been very busy this weekend assisting people affected by a string of Worcester fires. The team is currently assisting over 30 people following a fire early this morning at 115 Pleasant Street in Worcester. The Red Cross has set up a service center at All Saints Church at 10 Irving Street where they will provide snacks and drinks and possibly meals to those affected. They will also work with each family to determine their immediate emergency needs.

Yesterday, the Red Cross assisted 17 adults following a large fire at 39-41 Irving St. in Worcester. The team arrived at the scene of the fire at nearly 8am in the morning and stayed assisting those affected by the fire until 4:50pm. From a Red Cross Service Center stationed at All Saints Church,  the team assessed the needs of those displaced by the fire and provided them with comfort kits including toiletries and other essential items. Fourteen of the adults were provided with resources for food and clothing and 1 person received assistance with shelter. Community Healthlink assisted many with housing and others have found alternate shelter with friends and family.

Friday, August 3, the Red Cross helped three families displaced by a fire at 70 Greenhill Parkway in Worcester. The three families (15 adults, 4 children) were provided assistance with comfort kits and resources for clothing. The Red Cross provided two of the families with resources for shelter. The third family was able to find alternate housing.

“The help we were able to provide this weekend – something to eat, a cool safe place to stay and other essential emergency needs – is great example of our mission in action,” said Dawn Leaks, Red Cross Central MA Regional Director of Communications. “Because of the dedication of our amazing volunteers and the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide excellent services to our community this weekend.”

All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money.  Red Cross is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.

You can help people affected by disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS