Red Cross Stands with Residents Devastated by 2020 Wildfire Season

Last year’s wildfire season was a traumatic one for families and communities in Oregon, California and other states across the western U.S. In Oregon, some of the most destructive wildfires in state history destroyed thousands of homes, while multiple California blazes consumed over 4.1 million acres. In response, the American Red Cross was there with … Continue reading Red Cross Stands with Residents Devastated by 2020 Wildfire Season

Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide

8 Gifts That Give Back What could be better than the joy of watching your family open gifts thoughtfully chosen just for them? How about if those gifts help to support a cause you both care about? And what if those gifts could also help them to be prepared in case of an emergency? Everyone … Continue reading Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide

“Alexa, How Can the Red Cross Help?”

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer Accessing life-saving information and tools from the Red Cross is easier than ever. Our award-winning suite of free smartphone apps already put Red Cross content at your fingertips. Now, all you have to do is ask Alexa! Skills for Alexa now include critical first aid instruction, putting free and … Continue reading “Alexa, How Can the Red Cross Help?”

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