Get Prepared California! Auction

With an unprecedented amount of large-scale natural disasters over that last several months, many striking right here in California, we’re even more grateful for our volunteers, donors and partners. This incredible level of response demonstrates the need for preparedness and what it means to have a kit, make a plan and be informed. And, while … Continue reading Get Prepared California! Auction

Four Ways to Holiday Safety

It was Christmas Eve at my Grandmother’s house. Tummies were full of holiday treats, stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and the family was gathered at the kitchen table playing cards. That’s when my Dad smelled the smoke. “Is something burning?” he asked. Everyone looked up from their cards with concern and started … Continue reading Four Ways to Holiday Safety

A One Year Anniversary, A Devastating Loss, A Treasure Found, And Gratitude

Local volunteer Michele Maki is currently on deployment in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as part of the Red Cross response to the deadly wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands. Here is one of many heartbreaking stories Michele has experienced on her journey so far. “We bought this home……one year ago-yesterday….. just one year….”, his … Continue reading A One Year Anniversary, A Devastating Loss, A Treasure Found, And Gratitude

Heroes Series: Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

There are 19.3 million military veterans in the United States as of 2014, and California is home to the largest veteran population in the nation with nearly two million. That means there are countless people and organizations like the Red Cross working hard every day to support our local veterans and their families. Two of those … Continue reading Heroes Series: Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

Heroes Series: Health and Safety Hero Beverly Jones

The following blog post is written by guest writer Brian Bullock and was originally published by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The Red Cross is proud to be celebrating a 40-year safety partnership with PG&E.  Like a lot of PG&E employees, Beverly Jones has sat through her share of Safety Minutes prior to meetings where … Continue reading Heroes Series: Health and Safety Hero Beverly Jones

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Safety

It’s that time of year again. Time for candy canes, gingerbread cookies, and figgy pudding - whatever that is! That’s right, it’s the holiday season and time for me to stuff my face with delicious treats before New Year’s resolutions kick in. But it’s also a time for something even more sinister, that you may … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Safety

Giving with Meaning on Giving Tuesday

Close your eyes and image… It’s a cold winter night with temperatures dropping below freezing. You and your family are huddled together for warmth along with hundreds of other refugees. Outside you can hear the buzzing of disaster responders working feverishly to secure the area. Other families are sharing an open flame out on the … Continue reading Giving with Meaning on Giving Tuesday

Doing it for Mom: A Volunteer’s Journey to the Red Cross

I've been asked why we wanted to create a cycling event with the Red Cross throughout the course of our involvement by many friends and family. Until very recently, I thought I had a great story: when I was younger I couldn't afford a car and when I could they broke down. So I would … Continue reading Doing it for Mom: A Volunteer’s Journey to the Red Cross