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Thursday, February 09, 2006

2/8/2006 — Long-time Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Remembered
Duffy Busch, South Bay Volunteer Coordinator for the American Red Cross, estimates that Ernie Kitazawa donated more than 66,000 hours to the Red Cross.
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2/7/2006American Red Cross Fights Measles in the Maldives
The American Red Cross, its Measles Initiative partners and the Government of the Maldives are working hand in hand to eliminate measles from this Indian Ocean archipelago.
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2/7/2006Red Cross Offers Shelter to Residents, Serves Firefighters Battling Wildfires
Wildfires continue to burn today in Southern California just east of Orange County suburbs where more than 1,500 residences came under evacuation orders. The fires have burned through approximately 3,500 acres of wilderness as more than 900 firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze in an effort to keep it from reaching area homes.
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2/6/2006Fictional Fundraiser Provides Real Life Support to Red Cross
Will Erica Kane?s Mardi Gras Gala fundraiser for the American Red Cross go off without a hitch or will disaster strike? The ABC Television Network and the American Red Cross are hoping viewers will not only tune in but will dial in to support the organization.
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1/24/2006January is Volunteer Blood Donor Month
In an effort to avoid usual blood shortages in the winter months, blood service providers have designated January as Volunteer Blood Donor month. This year, the American Red Cross is inviting those who have never donated to become first-time donors while encouraging those who have made given blood in the past to become regular donors.
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1/23/2006Star Power Supports Red Cross Vaccination Program
Famed actor and director Sidney Poitier and Sherry Lansing, former head of Paramount Pictures, joined a delegation from the American Red Cross to see first hand the impact of the Measles Initiative program.
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1/23/2006A New Year brings New Homes to Families in Sri Lanka
For people around the globe, each new year is an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to leave behind the worries of the previous year. This was especially true for a group of people living in the village of Peraliya in southern Sri Lanka.
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1/20/2006Alabama community returning to normal after train collision
Residents of Talladega County, Ala., near Lincoln, are returning to business as usual just two days after a train collision forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes or shelter in place.
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1/18/2006Operation Hope Teams Up with American Red Cross
Operation Hope, Inc. and the American Red Cross are pleased to be joining forces in an effort to provide financial advice and guidance to those individuals affected by disasters.
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1/11/2006From disasters emerge heartache, hope and humanity for a mother
The tragedy wrought by the Indian Ocean tsunami, which struck more than a dozen countries on Dec. 26, 2004, became a personal tragedy for Portland, Ore., native Christina Ankofska whose 36-year-old daughter, Angie Foust, was vacationing with her friend, Luke Scully, in Thailand when the tsunami destroyed the resort where they were staying.
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1/6/2006Relief Work Continues in Pakistan Despite Poor Weather
After being grounded for two days by torrential rains in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helicopters were able to take to the air on Jan. 3 and re-supply basic health-care units in Cham, Pathika and Chinari.
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1/6/2006Fire Threat Continues in Texas Region
More fires are expected to spark over the weekend as extremely dry conditions keep Texas, Oklahoma and New Medico residents on high alert as they have been for the past several weeks.
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1/6/2006ICRC Reunites Family Members
It has been nearly three months since a massive earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan and India but even now the ICRC and the Pakistani Red Crescent Society are still trying to reunite families torn apart by the tragedy.
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1/5/2006Red Cross Volunteer Strives to ?Live Up to the Logo?
Candy Clark completed her American Red Cross training and was issued her Red Cross disaster relief vest. All that was left to do now was wait. Thinking her initial assignment would be to a springtime tornado or windstorm, she was surprised to get her first official Red Cross activation on the first day of 2006.
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1/3/2006Red Cross Helps Fire Victims in Southern States
Wildfires continue to blaze across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico as adverse weather fuels fires that have so far burned hundreds of homes and hundreds of thousands of acres.
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1/3/2006Red Cross workers lend support to mining community
Search and rescue teams are on the scene and working double time today to save the lives of the men 13 men trapped underground after an unexplained explosion erupted in a West Virginia mine yesterday, leaving the miners trapped.
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1/1/2006Prepare for Winter Driving Emergencies
While the flurries may have begun before Thanksgiving or even Halloween in some cold northern climates, Dec. 21 ? the Winter Solstice ? marks the official beginning of winter, and January, February and even early March can bring some of the most frigid temperatures of the season along with other severe winter weather.
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12/30/2005A Ring of Fire Leads to a Circle of Hope
Travel throughout the charred remains of communities across the state of Texas, and you?ll see a similar picture ? piles of ashes where homes once stood, unrecognizable heirlooms littering the landscape and families wondering what to do next.
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12/28/2005Christmas on the Bayou, Post-Katrina
The big, beautiful log house is gone. The commercial orange grove has been destroyed. But the plot of family land along Highway 11 North was still where Jill Patten?s grown children chose to spend their first post-Katrina Christmas.
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12/28/2005Winter Wildfires Scorch Texas, Oklahoma
A series of wildfires raging through parts of Oklahoma and Texas have burned thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. At least four deaths have been attributed to the blazes that began over the weekend.
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12/25/2005Tsunami Recovery: In Their Own Words
When the tsunami rushed ashore on the morning of December 26, 2004, it brought devastation across more than a dozen countries.
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12/25/2005Salvaging St. Bernard Parish
Cathy Attebert knew it was going to be a tough Christmas. That?s why she hung icicle lights on her new trailer, tied giant, red candy canes to its front steps and stuck a leafy branch at the curb to serve as a Christmas tree.
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12/23/2005Like a Great Phoenix
Many consider Pearlington to be the epicenter of Katrina?s destruction in Mississippi. The town was ripped apart by the ravages of the hurricane, flooding and some 37 tornadoes spawned devastating storm.
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12/22/2005American Red Cross and Rotary Club Reopen First School since Tsunami
The hallways will once again be filled with the sounds of students at the Randombe Junior School when the school year begins on January 2, 2006. One year after the devastating tsunami destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and educational facilities in Sri Lanka, the Randombe Junior School has risen from the rubble.
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12/22/2005Benin's Red Cross Supports Child Trafficking Victims
Twelve year old Fabricia is one of about 40 children living in a small, school-like compound in Porto-Nova, Benin, after being rescued from a life of servitude as a victim of the country?s rampant child trafficking problem.
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12/21/2005Santa Clara Valley Youth Bring Compassion from One Side of the Pacific to Another
Red Cross youth of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter organized a plan to support the victims of the tragedy and the foreseeable tsunami relief effort.
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12/20/2005Weaving their way back from disaster
When P.K. Chithrani was 10 years old, her mother taught her how to use a traditional lace-making machine to weave thread into intricately detailed strands to adorn hems on pants or dresses or as a border on pillows.
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12/19/2005Benin Launches Measles Vaccination Campaign
The country of Benin welcomed partners and guests from around the world at a major launch ceremony Monday Dec. 12 to mark the start of their nationwide measles vaccination campaign, which will reach 1 million children with the vaccine in five days.
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12/16/2005A Symbol of Hope Amid Destruction in a New Orleans Neighborhood
A seven-foot Christmas tree stands in the center of the empty living room of the gutted Gentilly home where Maria Radosta grew up.
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12/16/2005Keeping Little Ones Safe this Holiday Season
Amid the whirlwind of presents and parties while enjoying traditions and treats, make sure that safety doesn't take a holiday when you do. Whether decorating, entertaining, giving gifts or visiting with family and friends, the American Red Cross has tips to help keep little ones out of harm's way during this most wonderful time of the year.
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12/13/2005Red Cross, Red Crescent Relief Teams Work around the Clock as Winter Sets In
?It was severe, every single building collapsed in our little town,? said Ejaz Ahmed Khan, a 52-year-old Pakistan Red Crescent volunteer from the Harripur branch.
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12/9/2005First Aid and CPR Guideline Changes
As the country?s leader in first aid and CPR education, the American Red Cross is working hard to implement newly released first aid and CPR guidelines into training programs.
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12/8/2005Measles Initiative Readies for Latest African Vaccination Campaign
The American Red Cross and its partners in the Measles Initiative partners are planning another major measles vaccination campaign for Africa, this time in the western country of Benin during the week of Dec. 12.
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12/6/2005After The Tsunami: Residents of Sri Lanka Clean Their Environment
On most days, the residents of Hambantota could be found fishing in the Indian Ocean, playing cricket in the hot sun or chatting with neighbors under a coconut tree. For the past two months, many of those living in this small fishing village have been picking up garbage in the Karagan Lagoon.
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12/6/2005Hurricane Season Ends While Red Cross Work Continues
America is breathing a sigh of relief as the most expensive and destructive Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to a close on November 30th.
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12/6/2005Red Cross, Red Crescent shelters take shape in Aceh
Efforts to get tens of thousands of tsunami survivors out of tents have taken shape in the Indonesian province of Aceh with the assembly of a custom-made temporary shelter from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which will be distributed and assembled in conjunction with the American Red Cross and other Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies.
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12/2/2005Together We Can Fight the Spread of HIV/AIDS
Yesterday marked the 17th commemoration of World AIDS Day, a day set aside to memorialize the lives that have been lost to the disease, to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and to share successes in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
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12/2/2005Red Cross Educates Teachers on Humanitarian Law
People are often surprised to learn that even with all of its destruction, wars are bound by rules. As the public becomes more aware of the hundreds of armed conflicts happening around the world at any time thanks to television and the internet, understanding the rules that apply can give a unique understanding of those conflicts.
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11/29/2005Red Cross societies team up to bring safe water systems to Pulo Aceh
Life on the remote island of Pulo Aceh is challenging in the best of times. It got even more difficult after last December?s devastating earthquake and tsunami wiped out one-third of its villages and damaged 80 percent of those remaining.
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11/29/2005Winter Weather Strikes Midwestern States
Across the country, the American Red Cross is responding to communities affected by severe weather as tornadoes and snowstorms wreak havoc across much of the Midwestern United States.
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11/29/2005Red Cross Blood Regions and Testing Labs Demonstrate Overall Excellence
The first annual American Red Cross Biomedical Services Region of the Year and annual National Testing Lab of the Year awards for overall excellence were presented at a recent American Red Cross Biomedial Services leadership meeting in Seattle.
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11/29/2005Choosing to Give on Thanksgiving
More than 350 American Red Cross workers ? 90 percent of them volunteers ? decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday on assignment with the Red Cross disaster relief operation in Mississippi rather than return to home and family.
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11/24/2005?Black Friday? Have You Seeing Red?
Just after a day of sharing a festive meal with loved ones giving thanks for life?s many blessings, ?Black Friday? descends upon the nation with the shift from spending time with family and friends to just plain spending.
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11/23/2005Red Cross Delivers Thanksgiving to Hurricane Survivors
The sight of American Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) delivering meals remains a familiar sight in hurricane-ravaged communities throughout the Gulf Coast region and the Thanksgiving day will be no different.
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11/22/2005Having a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving ? a time for good food, family, friends and recounting all the things for which we are thankful. While diets may be tossed aside for a day of feasting with reckless abandon, safety doesn?t take a holiday.
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11/22/2005Op-Ed: Building Our Youth for the Future
Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said: ?We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.?
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11/21/2005Taking Care of the Caretakers
She doesn?t claim to be your Mom, but she?ll wake you up in the morning and do your laundry, cook a hot breakfast for you, pack your lunch and even have a delicious dinner waiting when you come home. Just like Dad, he?ll order ?lights out? at a decent hour so you get a good night?s sleep and remind you ? repeatedly ? to wash your hands and take care of your health.
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11/21/2005Glimpses of the Ninth Ward
For nearly an hour, the bus had been driving up and down the streets of the devastated Lower Ninth Ward, allowing those on board their first glimpses of the homes they had fled some two months earlier.
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11/21/2005We Helped Each Other Out
After spending hours in a house battered by 140-mph winds, Thomas Dean, III, emerged to find he was standing in the eye of Hurricane Katrina. He could see a wall of water 15 feet high coming at him ? it was the backside of the storm.
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11/18/2005Finding Romance in the Chaotic Aftermath
They met in a shelter over a trash barrel of laundry and dined on leftovers at a fire station on their first date.
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11/18/2005Youth Volunteers Support the Measles Initiative
Kelly Quann and Isha Shah, now attending college at New York University and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, respectively, affirm that the Measles Initiative has defined their Red Cross experience.
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11/18/2005Good Deeds Shelter Lives up to its Name
When disaster strikes, you hear a lot about picking up the pieces. For so many affected in the Gulf Coast region, even the pieces were shattered and scattered by the powerful one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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11/16/2005Temporary Emergency Child Care Unit Helps Parents Get Back to Work without Worry
Childcare, a top priority for all parents, is even more important for families rebuilding their lives after a natural disaster. For parents in southern Mississippi whose daycare options were blown away by Hurricane Katrina, there is help.
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11/16/2005Red Cross Responds to Series of Tornadoes
Residents of more than five states are still assessing damage after 35 tornadoes ripped through the Midwest and parts of the Southeast yesterday, killing at least two people and leaving dozens more injured.
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11/15/2005International Societies Visit the Big Easy
By calling on its partner societies for a helping hand, the American Red Cross reached another historic milestone during what has been an extremely turbulent hurricane season.
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11/15/2005American Red Cross Worker Joins Effort to Rush Aid to Quake Victims in Mountain Regions
American Red Cross international relief worker Jim Stephenson arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 6, where he joined hundreds of others carrying out the mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), providing life?s essentials to earthquake survivors in the northeast as they brace for the bitter cold winter ahead.
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11/14/2005Residents Return to Ruined Mobile Home Park
?Next thing I knew, the windows broke in,? said Chris Smith of Evansville, Ind., about the tornado that ravaged his home. ?I just closed my eyes and held onto my son. It was something else. I don?t know how it got over here without killing us.?
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11/10/2005Home Fire Safety makes good sense year-round
This year the nation?s attention has been focused on the massive destruction and human suffering caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but Americans need to remember that personal disasters and residential fires are happening every day in our communities.
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11/10/2005Community Takes Care of Its Own
Residents in Evansville proudly refer to themselves as a ?typical Midwestern town,? demonstrating their commitment to their neighbors and their community by coming together in a spectacular fashion to help others so profoundly affected by last Sunday?s tornado.
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11/10/2005Impacting Indonesian Communities Through Psychosocial Training
Sanusi Ismail is a busy philosophy professor in Indonesia?s Aceh province; he is also a survivor of last December?s tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Having lost four family members, Sanusi knows firsthand the difficulties faced by hundreds of thousands of his fellow residents.
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11/10/2005A Lifetime of Serving His Country
Veterans Day affords us all an opportunity to take a moment to recognize and thank those men and women who have served our country. Formerly known as Armistice Day to honor veterans of the First World War, and later changed Veterans day, this national holiday is a day of remembrance to honor the servicemen and women.
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11/9/2005Presidential Internship with the Red Cross: A Dream Come True
Working for the Red Cross is a dream come true for Ukraine-native and Red Cross presidential intern Yaroslava Tytarenko.
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11/8/2005Evansville Begins Cleanup After Tornado
Immediately after a devastating tornado tore a 20 mile path through Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky on Sunday, local American Red Cross chapters sprang into action to support their shocked neighbors.
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11/8/2005Pakistani earthquake victims need more aid to come in quickly
?Eid Mubarak!? people say to each other on a traditional day of festivity in Pakistan. However there are no happy faces during family reunions this time, if there is a reunion at all.
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11/7/2005Deadly Tornado Strikes Indiana, Kentucky
Residents along the Indiana-Kentucky border are cleaning up today after a massive tornado moved through the region around 2 am on Sunday morning, killing at least 22 people and injuring hundreds of others.
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11/4/2005Putting Compassion in Action
The American Red Cross strives to turn financial gifts into action as quickly as possible to get help to those people who need it the most.
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11/4/2005Red Cross Races to Deliver Aid in Pakistan as Winter Approaches
Nearly one month after the Oct. 8 earthquake left almost 3 million homeless near the Kashmir region on the border of Pakistan and India, Red Cross relief workers race against the weather and terrain to reach the injured, ill and those who are most vulnerable in the remote mountainous communities of this southern Asia region.
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11/4/2005Wilma Relief Work Continues in Florida
The American Red Cross continues to shelter evacuees in Florida as more heavy rains this week compound the damage caused by Hurricane Wilma and continue to prevent people from returning to their homes.
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11/4/2005Pakistan: Two Hours in Saidpur
Jean-Fran?s Berger, the editor in chief of the Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine, travels with an ICRC team distributing essential relief items to a remote mountain village.
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11/4/2005Pakistan: A Day in Chakothi
From the ICRC chopper we see a dreadful and graphic pattern of destruction: collapsed homes with tin roofs, buildings smashed, roads cut by landslides and fallen rocks and, from time to time, houses still standing with an air of normality.
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11/3/2005Summit Joins Leaders in Government, Non-Profit and Professional Sectors to Discuss Public Health Concerns
The TIME Global Health Summit in New York sponsored in part by the American Red Cross and featuring leaders from government, non-profit and business sectors, highlighted major health concerns across the globe including avian flu, HIV/AIDS and water sanitation issues.
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11/2/2005Red Cross-sponsored Initiative Reaches Milestone: Measles Deaths Reduced by 60 Percent in Africa
At TIME Magazine?s Global Health Summit in New York, the American Red Cross, along with its other founding partners and supporters of the Measles Initiative, today announced an astounding 60 percent drop in measles cases and deaths in Africa since 1999.
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11/1/2005Use Daylight Savings to Get Prepared
Last weekend Americans across the country remembered to ?fall back? to make sure their clocks are in sync with daylight savings. While many people used the extra hour to get some additional sleep, there are plenty of other easy but important things that you can do with the hour we?ve gained.
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11/1/2005Red Cross Relief in the Florida Keys
While virtually all the tourists followed the mandatory evacuation order to leave the Florida Keys when Hurricane Wilma threatened the islands, most residents remained behind to weather the storm and its powerful surge.
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10/31/2005Tragic Homecoming in Pakistan
For Sarfaraz Reematullah the return from South Africa to his village in Pakistan came unexpectedly.
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10/31/2005Neighbors from One Coast Helping Neighbors on Another
Five credit union employees left their Southern California homes on Sept. 21 to volunteer for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief operations, and returned home three weeks later, each deeply affected in ways they never would have imagined.
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10/28/2005South Asia Earthquake: Finnish Red Cross provides medical assistance
"You are the first to come here since the earthquake," says Sudjah from the village of Buruha, set 2,000 meters (approximately 1.2 miles) on the slopes overlooking the Neelum river.
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10/28/2005South Asia Earthquake: Returning from the Field
Riccardo Conti is the head of the ICRC's Water and Habitat Department and arrived in the affected area the day after the earthquake.
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10/28/2005Red Cross Continues Wilma Relief Efforts
The American Red Cross continues its response to Hurricane Wilma across Florida today, as power is slowly restored to some areas and frustrated residents turn out for food, water and shelter.
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10/27/2005Florida Town Rides out the Storm, Begins Recovery Together
When Hurricane Wilma approached the small town of Chokoloskee Island, Fla., with its population of just 400 people, many of the residents of the close-knit community left their homes but decided to ride the storm out together in town, opting to head for higher ground at a nearby inn.
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10/25/2005Florida Begins Wilma Cleanup
Cleanup efforts began to day in Key West Florida as Hurricane Wilma moved out into the Atlantic, leaving behind major flooding and significant damage across the southern part of the state.
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10/25/2005Swingin? for Katrina
Over 150 people of all ages, including many Gotta Swing dance students, attended this month?s fundraiser at the Chevy Chase Ballroom in Washington, DC.
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10/24/2005Wilma Hits Florida as Category 3 Storm
Hurricane Wilma made landfall Monday morning near Cape Romano in Collier County at 6:30 a.m. as a Category 3 storm with winds around 110 mph, taking out roofs, trees and power lines along the way.
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10/24/2005Mexican Red Cross delivers immediate aid to victims of Wilma in the Yucatan Peninsula
Hurricane Wilma, the 21st named hurricane of the 2005 hurricane season, has left a trail of destruction across the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
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10/23/2005Floridians Hunker Down as Wilma Approaches
By Sunday afternoon, Wilma?s outer bands began lashing the south coast of Florida, causing flooding in the Keys and increasing concerns about the threat of the storm as it picked up speed in the Gulf of Mexico.
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10/23/2005Floridians Apply Lessons Learned
[UPDATE] After Hurricane Charley devastated the Punta Gorda, Fla., area last August, many people learned valuable that are being put into action this time around as Florida residents anticipate and prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Wilma, which already has unleashed its destructive force on the coast of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.
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10/21/2005Visiting the Hug Station in New Orleans
Sometimes you can go home again and that?s the hardest part.
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10/21/2005Hurricane Stan: Hondurans try to get back on their feet
It will take months, maybe years, before people in Honduras recover from the trail of death and destruction left by Hurricane Stan.
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10/21/2005Hurricane Stan: Tec?? an example of Red Cross support to the community
The plane left at 9:30 a.m., headed towards Tec?? starting off a day?s work in the airlift operation being run by the Guatemala Red Cross since the onset of the emergency.
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10/21/2005Red Cross in Central America prepares for Wilma
Still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Stan, a number of countries in Central America including Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba are bracing themselves for Hurricane Wilma, which could be the strongest hurricane for this year's Atlantic Hurricane season.
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10/20/2005Evans Views Hurricane Devastation in New Orleans
Seven weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, its destructive impact on New Orleans is still clear, especially in the city?s historic 9th Ward, where some streets remain off limits to residents because of unsafe conditions.
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10/19/2005Red Cross ?Linebackers? Hit the Field Running
Diane Dube?s life since Hurricane Katrina is similar to thousands of other Mississippi residents with one big exception.
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10/19/2005Wilma Prompts Evacuation Call in Florida Keys
Barely a hurricane yesterday morning, Wilma has increased in both wind speed and intensity so much that it has gone from a Category 1 to a Category 5 Hurricane in less than 24 hours, breaking another record this hurricane season and prompting evacuation orders for visitors in the Florida Keys.
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10/18/2005Wilma, 21st Named Storm of 2005 Hurricane Season, Gains Strength
Earlier this year weather experts predicted that the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season would be one of the busiest storm seasons the United States has ever seen, and the development of Wilma in the Atlantic Ocean continues to prove them right.
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10/18/2005Pakistan: The suffering of Shamlai
There is not much left of the village of Shamlai at the end of the road up in the mountains from the town of Batagram in Pakistan.
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10/18/2005Weakened Timber Dam Prompts Evacuation in Massachusetts
As an aging wooden dam threatened to fail Monday, more than 5,000 residents near Taunton in southeastern Massachusetts were urged to evacuate towards higher ground.
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10/18/2005Pakistan: Death in the mountains
Another can of air freshener is tossed into a growing pile amid broken bricks and bent steel. The rescue workers get a brief respite from the smell of death, but only for seconds.
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10/17/2005Hurricane Stan: Guatemalan Red Cross distributes relief aid
These 5,000 Guatemalan families? 2,000 more than originally estimated ? are receiving medical assistance and humanitarian aid by Guatemalan Red Cross volunteers.
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10/17/2005Necessity, the Mother of Inventive Solutions
Processing thousands of requests for American Red Cross financial assistance quickly and efficiently in an area of Louisiana deeply affected by one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history was a necessity. Setting up a drive-thru service center to supplement other methods of registering survivors and disbursing funds was an inventive solution.
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10/14/2005American Red Cross Partnership with the GM Foundation and HUMMER, Like Nothing Else
There?s nothing humdrum about the new partnership that the American Red Cross, HUMMER and the GM Foundation announced on Wednesday aimed at equipping local communities to be even better prepared to respond to disasters.
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10/14/2005Agents Backbone of Service Delivery Operation
?It?s been at least a week since I actually talked to someone,? said 21-year-old Derrick Norris, who has instead been using his fingers to provide assistance to hearing impaired hurricane victims through the TTY lines as an agent at an American Red Cross call center.
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10/13/2005American Red Cross Provides Disaster Relief Support in Mexico, Central America
Stan is the latest in this hurricane season?s storms to make landfall, destroying homes, communities and taking lives.
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10/12/2005Partnership Key to Service Delivery for Hurricane Victims
The Red Cross pulled together a call center through a partnership with ACS, Inc. that has since processed financial assistance for hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims who need help rebuilding their lives.
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10/12/2005El Salvador Red Cross volunteers save a girl from the rubble
After four hours of continuous rain and unstable ground conditions, volunteers from the El Salvador Red Cross successfully managed to rescue Jennifer Vanessa Cerna, a five-year-old girl trapped in mud and rubbish after a brick building collapsed next to her home.
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10/11/2005Clinton, Blanco Visit Red Cross Shelter
Former President Bill Clinton and Louisiana State Governor Kathleen Blanco paid a special visit to the American Red Cross shelter at River Center in downtown Baton Rouge to meet with hurricane survivors who had been staying at the shelter since early September.
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10/11/2005Signs of Frustration, Sadness, Humor and Hope in Louisiana Neighborhood
Slidell, at the far southeast corner of hurricane-battered Louisiana, assaults the senses with the stench of rotting debris and sweetly sticky mud.
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10/11/2005Call Center Serves Katrina, Rita Victims
Bakersfield?s call center is one of three located across the country to support the relief operation for the victims of Rita and Katrina.
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10/10/2005Heavy Rain Soaks Eastern Corridor and Causes Severe Flooding
As the voracious 2005 hurricane season continued, heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy drenched the eastern corridor of the United States from North Carolina to New Hampshire resulting in severe flooding, particularly in New Hampshire, and a reported seven deaths.
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10/9/2005Powerful Quake Leaves Thousands Dead; Millions Homeless
The Pakistan Red Crescent and Indian Red Cross responded immediately and continue to lead search and rescue efforts, provide emergency supplies, and assist with emergency medical needs.
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10/7/2005NBA on Top of its Game for Hurricane Relief
When it comes to raising funds for victims of the recent hurricanes, professional basketball players are fielding an all-star team.
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10/7/2005EDITORIAL: Into the teeth of the storms
Fairness is supposed to be an American trait, but we have heard unfair and unjustified criticism of the American Red Cross for its disaster response in New Orleans, and throughout the areas devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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10/6/2005Red Cross Workers from Around the World Join Katrina Relief Efforts
The American Red Cross has teamed with the Southern Baptist National Convention and Red Cross society workers from France, Norway and Canada to feed victims of Hurricane Katrina in St. Tammany Parish, La.
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10/6/2005Red Cross Combats Fraud with Federal Partners
Some people thousands of miles away from areas affected by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina have applied for assistance from the American Red Cross or other charities, using addresses in places where they have never actually lived.
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10/5/2005Survivors Take Refuge Shipboard
The Hill Family, with parents Tracy and John, and their seven children decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina in their Moss Point, Miss., home. While Katrina did the damage, it was the aftermath that drove the family from their home and into temporary housing nearly two weeks later.
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10/5/2005Red Cross Volunteer does Double Duty
Most American Red Cross volunteers on the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort expected to face difficult conditions and challenging assignments; they don't expect a new do.
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10/5/2005Different Faces, Same Heartbreak
In the first days of operation, the American Red Cross Regional Service Center in Jackson brought hope into the lives of hundreds of people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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10/5/2005T.S. Tammy Brings Rain to Southeast
The latest storm of the 2005 Atlantic season is set to graze the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Tropical Storm Tammy is expected to reach land with weak wind and heavy rain on Wednesday, bringing between 5 to 10 inches of rain to some areas over the coming days.
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10/3/2005Red Cross Helps Residents Returning to New Orleans
Residents of six selected areas in New Orleans were allowed back into the city on Saturday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck to see their homes or what was left of them.
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10/3/2005Survivors Choosing Love Over Fear
One happy, but surprising, phenomenon following the devastating Hurricane Katrina was the outbreak of weddings in American Red Cross shelters.
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10/3/2005Make a Dinner Date for Oct. 5
On Oct. 5, diners will leave more than just a tip at more than 16,000 restaurants around the United States.
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10/1/2005Rita?s Wrath, Resilient Spirits
Just south of Lake Charles, La., is low-lying Cameron Parish, sparsely populated yet tight-knit communities that have come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.
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9/30/2005Health and Safety Precautions in the Wake of Katrina and Rita
While hurricanes usually bring trials with high winds, heavy rain storms and flash floodwaters, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina churned up particularly hazardous waters that have lingered in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, making the weeks following its landfall a disaster unto itself, increasing health risks for residents and those who are there to help.
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9/30/2005An Indescribable Gift of Spirit
While shopping on Saturday, Sept. 3, Vicky Davenport felt moved to buy the local biweekly newspaper, something she didn?t usually do. An article about Katrina relief efforts caught her eye and the next day she was attending a disaster services training session.
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9/30/2005Red Cross Plans to Support Rita Victims
The American Red Cross is expanding its financial assistance and motel housing programs to cover the victims of Hurricane Rita, just as it has in place for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
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9/29/2005Wildfires Burn in Southern California
Southern California?s wildfire season has sparked up again as at least three major fires are burning across the state, including one that is still out of control near Los Angeles with no predictions on when it will be contained.
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9/28/2005Good to Know that Someone Cares
Eunice Rutland has lived in her house for 45 years and was one of the people who chose to stay at home when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
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9/28/2005First-Time Volunteer Calls Experience ?Above Expectations?
The American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster operations headquarters in Jackson, Miss., recently said goodbye to Dr. Mallory Read, a retired emergency physician who has just finished his first two-week deployment with the Red Cross.
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9/26/2005Red Cross Program Offers Emotional Support to Disaster Survivors
As the Gulf Coast braced physically for Hurricane Rita this weekend, American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health worker Dawn Harris prepared for the emotional impact that a second major hurricane to hit the area in recent weeks would have on the thousands of evacuees pouring into Little Rock, Ark., to escape the storm.
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9/26/2005Rita Moves Thousands More Into Shelters
Nearly 150,000 people sought refuge in American Red Cross shelters as Hurricane Rita threatened the Gulf Coast over the weekend. The latest storm to attack the United States did not as much damage as Hurricane Katrina, but is no less devastating for the thousands forced to evacuate who worry about their homes and communities.
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9/23/2005Red Cross Needs Public Support for Ongoing Hurricane Relief Efforts
The American Red Cross will serve the victims of Hurricane Rita as it has done with Hurricane Katrina and countless other storms, but it can?t do it without the ongoing support of the American public.
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9/22/2005At the Ready
With a notice that evacuees would begin arriving within 24 hours, the Red Cross and other members of the Washington Area Consortium of community organizations set to work.
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9/22/2005Chapter Trains Volunteers to Respond to Hurricane Katrina
Virginia?s Arlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross has trained 240 new volunteers for rapid deployment to the Gulf region.
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9/22/2005Mexican Red Cross Helps Katrina Survivors
At the Houston Chapter office of the American Red Cross, every nook and cranny is filled with people and luggage ? 20 men line the sides of the hallway, waiting to register. They?re not evacuees; they?re waiting to register as Red Cross volunteers to assist in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
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9/22/2005Red Cross Shelters Thousands in Advance of Rita
As more than 1 million Gulf Coast residents begin their mass evacuation in advance of Hurricane Rita, the American Red Cross has already opened shelters housings thousands of people seeking safe respite from the latest storm to approach the area.
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9/21/2005More than a Shelter, A Learning Center that Helps the Healing Begin
?First Aid for Feelings? is the story being read to young Hurricane Katrina Survivors by American Red Cross volunteers at a makeshift school in the building they also call home for now.
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9/21/2005A Taste of Home for New Orleans Hurricane Survivors
Some of life's simplest pleasures, often taken for granted in the course of busy days, can mean so much following a disaster -- like a cup of your favorite coffee.
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9/21/2005WWII Veteran Repays Red Cross Kindness by Helping Katrina Survivors
Bill Ritt?s first experience with the American Red Cross came near the end of World War II, when the 17-year-old Navy recruit fell ill and the organization helped contact his parents.
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9/21/2005Gulf Residents Evacuate As Rita Approaches
Already described as a ?monster? storm, Hurricane Rita reached Category 5 status Wednesday and became the 3rd most intense storm on record in the United States. It is still on track to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast in Texas by Saturday.
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9/21/2005Family Links Up After Katrina
Reunion Arena in Dallas, former home to the NBA?s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL?s Dallas Stars, has seen it?s share of celebrations, but none more special than one that occurred last week after a family separated after Katrina was joyfully reunited.
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9/20/2005Rita Heads For Texas, Affects Katrina Shelters
Hurricane Rita is a Cat. 2 storm with winds at about 100 per hour and already passing the Southern Florida and the Keys with several inches of rain per hour. Forecasters are already expecting the storm to become a Cat. 4, with winds around 150 mph, by Wednesday afternoon.
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9/20/2005Overcoming Many Obstacles, Couple Says ?I Do? at Red Cross Shelter
As the water rose in New Orleans, Joseph Smothers walked to the Superdome while his fianc? Rebecca Warren, and four members of her family made for the perceived safety of the convention center.
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9/19/2005Tropical Storm Rita Heads for Florida
Sixty-thousand residents and tourists have been ordered to evacuate the Florida Keys for the third time this year, as the latest storm in this year?s hurricane season, Tropical Storm Rita, heads for the coast.
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9/16/2005Fort Worth?s Newest Residents Take First Steps towards Recovery
While their journey to Texas was a long one filled with harrowing days at the New Orleans Superdome, long rides on buses and lost contacts with family and friends, many evacuees have found shelter with the American Red Cross in Fort Worth, Texas.
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9/16/2005Ophelia Weakens as Storm Subsides
Ophelia has now weakened to a tropical storm and is moving northward towards the Massachusetts coast.
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9/16/2005Jail Becomes Home for Red Cross Volunteers
Red Cross relief work supervisor Jeff Chinn is a long way from his family, but he?s finding all the comforts of home in a Kenner jail cell.
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9/16/2005Life Experience Brings in New Volunteer
When Jim Bush, CEO of City Dash, a Cincinnati -based delivery company, offered some of his trucks to the American Red Cross to deliver relief supplies after Hurricane Katrina, he scarcely realized that his offer to would lead to managing a centrally-located, 150,000-square-foot warehouse in the middle of the Gulf Coast.
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9/16/2005Husband Finds Missing Wife at Red Cross Shelter
?Thank God she didn?t stay here and ride out the storm.?
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9/15/2005Celebs Bring Star Power to Katrina Telethons
What?s on television today could change the course of tomorrow. Several network stations are airing telethons featuring celebrities as a motivational and opportune way for the public to support the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations following Hurricane Katrina.
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9/14/2005Southern Baptists Help Feed Millions After Katrina
When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross swings into action, but it rarely responds alone. Long-established partnerships get called into play, especially for disasters of enormous scale like Hurricane Katrina.
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