Monthly Archives: November 2009

Give Blood – Save Lives


I have worked for the Red Cross for quite awhile– 14 years– and I’ve always taken pride in the fact that we help people to surmount the many challenges that they face in everyday life– i.e. disaster, medical emergencies and various health issues. Recently, however, I gained an even greater appreciation for the American Red Cross and the life-changing impact that it has on everyday people.

This week, my aunt was discharged from the hospital after undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. As anyone knows who has had chemo. or who is associated with someone who has had to deal with chemo. it is at once a lifesaver and a bane. One of the side effects of my aunt’s treatment was the inability of her body to produce adequate numbers of blood platelets, which comprise the portion of the blood that helps to slow bleeding from wounds. Long story short, my aunt got the matched platelets that ultimately saved her life. Her benefactor was none other than—you guessed it— the American Red Cross.

So, take a look at the video and think about my aunt and the thousands of others who will get a  another chance to spend time with loved ones.

Here’s hoping that you will consider giving the “Gift of Life.”


Give The Gift That Saves The Day

Give the Gift That Saves the Day Through Your American Red Cross.

A Disaster Movie That Really Makes You Think



I went to see the movie “2012” over the weekend and boy was it a thrill ride!!! I took my 12-year-old son to see the movie and I couldn’t tell who was having more fun– him or me. From earthquakes to tsunamis and car wrecks to flaming fireballs falling from the sky– this movie has it all!!! Sort of reminded me of the 70’s disaster flicks (I’m dating myself) which seemed to run consecutively and had the public mesmerized. The movie simply asks “how would the governments of the world prepare 6 billion people for the end of the world?” Though the movie was just that– a movie– it did remind me of the importance of disaster preparedness and the fact that, as Red Crossers, we strive to prepare everyone for all types of disasters– from major to minor to in between.

 If you’d like to get more info. on preparing for disaster go to

Frying a Thanksgiving Turkey? Be Careful.

Holiday turkey frying has become immensely popular over the past few years.  Though many people swear that fried gobbler trumps the baked version any day of the week, there are a few safety tips that you should observe should you choose to give your bird a holiday dip. According to Underwriters Laboratory, Inc. (UL), which is an independent product safety certification organization, you should adhere to the following guidelines when frying your turkey:

If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, here are some tips for safer use:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, located a safe distance from buildings and flammable material.
  • Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don’t watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. After use, continue to exercise extreme caution as the oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don’t mix and water can cause oil to spill over, starting a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator.
  • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Remember to use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 9-1-1 for help.

For more tips and Red Cross fires safety information go to

Red Cross Leader’s Holiday Giving Message