Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Closer to home…we’re holding blood drives today and tomorrow. During the holidays fewer people donate blood but the need doesn’t diminish. People need blood every day in our community and we need you to help! One blood donation can save up to three lives!
Upcoming Blood Drives
Romeoville: Dec. 30, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Hillside: Dec. 29, 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Arlington Heights: Dec. 30, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Presenting donors at Arlington Heights will receive a $10.00 Target gift card while supplies last.)
To sign up, visit www.givebloodgivelife.org
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Including a smoke alarm to prevent any scares,
Traveling safely with a shovel and flares.
Remembering always the Red Cross does care.
Since they’re from the Red Cross, all are filled, with laughter and joy.
Being cautious and alert, because safety comes first.
He was all dressed in red like the loyal Red Cross.
That means he’s a good one, there for any cause.
Monday, December 22, 2008
- Red Cross babysitters learn to call 911 if they hear or see something that they can’t handle without adult supervision. Our course is designed for babysitters ages 11 and older.
- Our students also learn Child and Infant First Aid, which would have come in handy salving the wounds of those unfortunate robbers.
- Lots of Kevin’s antics stem from boredom. Our babysitters learn how to plan activities that are age-appropriate and safe. Learn more about our babysitting classes here.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation—Clark Griswold is feeling extremely festive when he decks out his family’s home in zillions and zillions of decorative lights. In the process of putting up the lights, he falls off the roof. Ouch. He also strings together so many lights that he blows every fuse in the house. “Make sure you’re not attaching every single strand of lights to the same outlet,” said David Zielinski, Red Cross preparedness instructor. Indeed, no more than three strands of lights should be linked together. Other decorating tips: (Photo by slworking)
- Make sure that any light strings or other decorations are in good condition and follow manufacturer's instructions for their use. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords.
- Always unplug holiday lights (including tree lights) before leaving home or going to bed.
- Place decorations at least three feet away from fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
Meet the Parents—What doesn’t Greg do wrong when he meets his fiancé Pam’s parents for the first time over the holidays? He loses the family cat, Jinxie, and inadvertently sets the back yard ablaze. If Greg had thought ahead, he could have won over Pam’s cat-crazy dad by giving him a Pet CPR course as a gift. Red Cross Cat and Dog CPR and First Aid courses teach owners how to take care of their furry friends during emergencies like heat exhaustion or choking. We also sell quick reference guides for Pet CPR and First Aid.
Can you think of other holiday film bumbles that could use our safety tips? Comment with suggestions! We’d love to tackle them here.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
For the woman who saved her brother’s life after her fell from a heart attack, or the man who safely got his family out of their burning home, the Red Cross is a source of health and safety education and preparedness training. For the young woman who lost everything in a fire, the Red Cross is a source of hope and deliverance from the question of “what happens next?” For the father who needs to get an important message to his son in the military, the Red Cross is a conduit of communication. For the young boy who needed a blood transfusion after a major car accident, the Red Cross is a source of life.
The Red Cross has touched the lives of so many in some special way. This holiday season, let's remember the essential, life-saving work of this great organization by making a gift to the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Your gift can help our chapter bring relief to those in need, help us teach people to prevent and prepare for emergencies, and so much more. Every little bit counts.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Yes Chicago, it’s wintertime. Maybe it’s not officially winter yet, but the snow has fallen, the driving conditions were horrendous yesterday, and it’s definitely time for the ugly boots.
So, how do you stay safe and prepared while driving through the snow? The Red Cross has some tips for a safe ride. If there’s a winter storm warning, we advise that you avoid traveling by car, but if you must:
- Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk. We have a nifty one for sale here.
- Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
- Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
- Check out more tips here, including what to do if you get stranded in your car in the cold.
What sort of winter safety gear do you carry (either in your car or in your bag)? Leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win a hand-crank emergency radio! The contest will end at 5 p.m. today. Make sure to sign in or include an email when you comment, so we know how to reach you!)
Photo by Seth Anderson (aka swanskalot).
Friday, December 12, 2008
There are only 1,268 Red Cross theme users on iGoogle. Let’s increase the amount of users of this new theme for a cause. Choose the Red Cross iGoogle theme at Google!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
“Another Christmas” is the first single by Michael Johns, a former top ten finalist on this year’s American Idol. Not only is this song great but, 50% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross and the other half to ALS. On his MySpace blog, Johns dedicated the song to all troops serving abroad this holiday and the importance of the Red Cross. He describes “Another Christmas” as “a song about being away from loved ones and telling them you miss them and love them.”
Download “Another Christmas” on Amazon or iTunes.
Friday, December 05, 2008
More people are going to be looking for jobs and finding ways to keep themselves busy while they search for another one.
We’ve got two ideas for you; volunteer and/or build new skills.
Volunteering will help you keep your skills fresh while you are searching for the perfect opportunity. Yes, actually, now that you asked we DO have opportunities here if people are interested in helping the Red Cross while keeping those skills up to date. A nice byproduct of volunteering is it also makes you feel really good.
Find out how to volunteer here.
Build your skills in your current field or another one that may be more stable. We offer training in CPR/First aid and other skills that may aid you in finding a job as these skills are required for many professions and may make your more marketable in certain fields. Interested? Check out this page for our course listings.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if the American Red Cross could not respond when disaster strikes?
If a hurricane hit or wildfires raged, and the Red Cross was not there to provide safe shelter, deliver food to affected families and first responders, or help people with their physical and mental health needs, could another organization fill our shoes?
Disasters change lives. You can too by supporting the National Day of Giving for the American Red Cross and helping the Red Cross raise $100 million for the Disaster Relief Fund on Saturday, December 13.
Here are ways you can help!
· Get your holiday shopping done at North River Side Park Mall and visit the Customer Service Gift Wrapping Station (10:00am-4:00pm) where Red Cross youth volunteers will wrap your purchases for a donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Disaster Relief Fund.
· On Facebook: Join the National Day of Giving for the American Red Cross Cause or Group. Share the Day of Giving URL you’re your friends.http://www.redcross.org/preparedness/redalert/.
· Donate to the Red Cross by going to www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-27677). You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” (4483) to “2HELP” (24357).
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We Won! Facebook Members Chose the American Red Cross as Their Favorite Charity!
With 18,582 supporting votes, the American Red Cross placed first among eight non-profit organizations in the Western Union Foundation’s Our World Gives campaign. This means that the Western Union Foundation will award the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of our life-saving mission. For more information, westernunion.com/foundation.
This support is important but we need even more help to continue our work. We’re getting busy as the cold weather increases. Last month alone we helped nearly 450 people in Chicagoland after their homes were damaged by home fires. Yesterday in Chicagoland we helped 51 people.
We’re trying to raise $30 million in the next 30 days to reach our goal in our national Campaign for Disaster Relief. Watch a video about this
Click here to help today!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
P.S. Though this is a great place to meet people, actual flirting is NOT required. Most people bring a friend or two to hang out, network and meet people. If you've got a Flirting story, we'd love to hear it! Did you make a job connection, or meet someone to watch the Bears games with? Let us know!