Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Mar. 16-31, 2016

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

BURLINGTON, VT (Feb. 29, 2016) – During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

For more than 30 years, blood donor Sherri Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission. “Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” she said.

Heroes of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this spring. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Mar. 16-31, 2016

Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

MANCHESTER, NH (Feb. 29, 2016) – During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

For more than 30 years, blood donor Sherri Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission. “Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” she said.

Heroes of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this spring. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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Local Red Cross Volunteers Assist 30 in the Past 48 Hours

RC Disaster Assistance

The American Red Cross is not a government agency, and depends on the generosity of donors. Giving to the Red Cross ensures that Red Cross volunteers have the resources to assist families who are displaced by disaster.

 

Following a fire or flood, families need shelter, food, clothing and other support to start to feel a sense of normalcy return to their lives as they make a plan to rebound. The Red Cross responds any time, day or night, when disaster strikes.

 

Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, Red Cross workers have assisted 12 families totaling 30 people who’ve been displaced in the last 48 hours due to 6 home fires.

 

In Vermont:

E. Dummerston- 2 families, 8 people

Bennington- 5 families, 9 people

Rutland- 2 families, 3 people

 

 

In New Hampshire:

Greenville- 1 family, 2 people

Manchester- 1 family, 3 people

Nashua- (estimate) 1 family, 5 people

 

Please consider making a donation at www.redcross.org to ensure that help is there when we need it.

 

TURN AND TEST

Daylight Saving Time started at 2:00 a.m. this morning, March 13, and the Red Cross reminds everyone to TURN AND TEST – turn their clocks ahead one hour and test their smoke alarms. If someone’s home is lacking smoke alarms, residents should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more.

 

People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or go to http://www.redcross.org/local/nhvt/in-home-smoke-alarm  to schedule a free smoke alarm installation. New Hampshire and Vermont residents can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Supporting the Red Cross Ensures Disaster Response Wherever Help is Needed

Louisiana Floods

Disaster doesn’t discriminate. Flooding can and does happen to anyone, and when it happens, the Red Cross is there. Red Cross assistance comes in many forms – food, shelter, or medical, emotional and financial support.

As spring approaches in New England, we’ve already had local residents displaced in our region by flooding. That’s why the financial support of donors is so important. Springfield and Lyndonville, both in Vermont, were both hit by flooding in recent weeks forcing the evacuation of numerous residents. The Red Cross provided those families with shelter and money to get food and clothing as they began their road to recovery.

Supporting the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief ensures that we can be there when the time comes. The Red Cross is not a government agency. We depend on the generosity of donors in our communities to ensure our volunteers have the equipment and resources they need to help displaced families.

Flooding across the southern United States is taking its toll on the residents there, and local Red Cross volunteers are opening shelters and delivering care. Below you’ll find photos and captions from Red Cross volunteers.

March 11, 2016. Monroe, Louisiana

Photos by Daniel Cima. Captions by April Phillips

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Volunteers like Ethel Payne of Monroe, Louisiana, help provide comfort for families staying at Red Cross shelters. Volunteers often come prepared with toys and activities for children at shelters, which helps make them feel safe during difficult times.

 

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When Terina Smith, Michael Stevenson and their three small children were rescued from floodwaters in Monroe, Louisiana, they found safety at a Red Cross shelter. Volunteer Ethel Payne has helped provide comfort and lifted their spirits during their time at the shelter.

 

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When floodwaters threatened the home of Dontequia Miller, she and her 1-month-old son, Kevin, found safety at a Red Cross-supported shelter in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

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Floodwaters in Monroe, Louisiana, have forced many families – some with children as young as 1- and 3-months-old – from their homes into shelters. Red Cross workers make every effort to help these families feel comfortable and find a sense of normalcy during a very stressful time.

 

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Leaving your home as floodwaters rise around can be especially scary for little ones. ShaKeitha Jones, Billy Harris and their five children have found safety and a sense of normalcy during an otherwise difficult situation at a Red Cross-supported shelter in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

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