Monthly Archives: October 2011

Red Cross responds as Roswell fire displaces 50

Roswell apartment fire which displaced 50, now helped by the Red Cross (Photo Credit: AJC)

An apartment fire in Roswell, Ga displaced nearly 50 residents Monday. The fire, unfortunately, took ablaze in a kitchen of a resident who apparently didn’t read our blog post from last week (Fire Safey Tips). Well, thankfully no residents were injured so maybe they did read it:

The Associated Press


Authorities say the American Red Cross is helping about 50 adults and children who were displaced after fire roared through their apartment complex in Roswell, just north of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports ( that the blaze broke out Monday afternoon on Old Holcomb Bridge Road….

Red Cross Tips to Make Halloween Safe and Less Scary

 Trick or Treat... by Jaime973

October 25, 2011– as ghosts and vampires get ready to roam the streets, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a frightfully safe Halloween. 

Costume Safety

No tricks just treats! by Texas to Mexico

Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by:

Adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

  • Using flame-resistant costumes.
  • Using face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see. 

Navigating the Neighborhood

Trick or Treat! by lsnjd

  • To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. 

Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house: 

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs. 

Trick or Treat

For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips: 

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard. 

Visit for more advice on having a safe safe and fun Halloween

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a

Red Cross Blood: So You Mean They’re Kinda Like Vampires Mommy?

So I came across this cute post from “Fresh confessions of a Screwed Up Texan” (okay so maybe our Blood Public Affairs person did, but nontheless) and decided it would be a great repost for out blog. Not to mention the great Halloween-ish title. Well, here goes:


Last Saturday, my husband and I decided we’d give blood at our church while the Red Cross was running a blood drive. Now I hadn’t given blood since my senior year in high school and to be honest with you I was nervous because in high school I remember being told I had passed out and I had scared the folks running the drive. So for me to actually go to the blood drive and donate again last weekend was an accomplishment in itself.


If you’ve never given blood or it’s been a long time since you last did, you’ll be happy to know that the process is very easy and simple. Basically, you sign in, answer a bunch of questions, get your finger pricked, answer a bunch more questions, and then wait your turn to have your arm stabbed by a big needle. Okay. Fine. The needle ain’t that big, but my mind tends to over exaggerate things like any good Southerner’s would. You know, like a really good gossip story.


We took our kids with us to the church so we could show them what we were doing and why we were doing it. When it was my turn to donate blood, I called my kids over and told them, “Come over here and give me a hug before I die!” Only two of the three did so. My youngest asked me:

“Mommy, what are they going to do with you?”

Me: “Oh, they’re just gonna take a little bit of my blood to give to someone else that needs it.”

Him: “How do they do that?”

Me: “Well, they stick a needle in your arm and then the Red Cross sucks it into a baggie.”

Him: “So, you mean they’re kinda like vampires, Mommy?”

Me: “Exactly.”

And then he ran off not to be seen again until he saw me eating the snacks for the donors. So I gave him a nutter butter bar.

Then I went home and passed out for an hour.

Empathetic Words From Atlanta Red Cross Intern

Shaina Azam,Atlanta Red Cross Intern

Shaina Azam, Atlanta Red Cross public affairs intern, has a story to tell. Azam, a 2011 granduate of Emory University, has enduring memories of her trips to her family’s native Pakistan. While most of Shaina’s memories are positive some of them are troubling and have prompted her to join the Atlanta Red Cross in an effort to help others. Listen as she shares her story of pain and hope.

The Red Cross Announces The Coming Home Series, Presented by Walmart

The American Red Cross is pleased to present the Coming Home Series, Presented by Walmart, dedicated to our country’s service men and women and their families and loved ones. Our goal is to support and ease the transition home:
  • The Coming Home Series, Presented by Walmart focuses on individual/small group discussion that enhances the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members and the successful re-engagement of the service member in civilian life.
  • The series consists of a number of topic areas that service members and their families have found relevant to their experience as they transition back home. Some of these include: managing anger, supporting children, building communication, reconnecting with others, and recognizing PTSD & TBI and other topics critical to reunion adjustment.
  • This series is designed to assist those impacted by a military deployment and bridges all branches of the Armed Forces. We invite Reserve, National Guard, active duty service members, veterans and their families, including spouses, parents, siblings and significant others, to participate.
  • Participants will be able to choose the topic they are most interested in from the available options; sessions and materials focus on learning useful tools, effective coping mechanisms and where to find resources.
  • The workshops include:
    • Communicating Clearly
    • Exploring Stress and Trauma
    • Indentifying Depression
    • Relating to Children
    • Working Through Anger
  • You may read more about the Coming Home Series, Presented by Walmart in this brochure.
  • To register for one or all of these valuable workshops, please email your name, city/state and which workshop you are interested in attending to