Posted on February 3, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February.
Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.
Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Blood must be matched very closely for those patients with rare blood types or for those who need repeated transfusions. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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Posted on February 2, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
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After weeks of anticipation, the results are finally in. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell were voted FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year, thanks to votes from fans across the country.
FedEx announced the 2014 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners at the 4th Annual NFL Honors awards show in Arizona, aired nationally on January 31.
Each week during the football season, all eyes were on the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week program, where fans voted on their favorite air (quarterback) and ground (running back) player. As part of the program, FedEx made weekly donations to local Red Cross chapters in each of the winning player’s names to support disaster preparedness and relief efforts around the world.
FedEx has donated a total of $130,000 to the American Red Cross during the 2014-15 NFL season through the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year Awards program.
Last week, nominee Le’Veon Bell even helped teach Phoenix-area children about home fire emergencies at the Kid’s Day at NFL Experience hosted by FedEx and the Red Cross.
Red Crossers across the country appreciate contributions from FedEx and the players to Red Cross chapters throughout the season.
HOW FEDEX HAS HELPED, AND HOW YOU CAN JOIN For nearly two decades, FedEx has supported the mission of the Red Cross by providing access to relief supplies for victims of disaster through in-kind shipping and storing, financial support and trained volunteers. In 2014, FedEx contributed more than $1.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to the Red Cross and its chapters.
You can join FedEx and help people affected by disasters like winter storms and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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Posted on January 30, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
Check out Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Executive, Steve Hansen on Oshkosh Today talking about our Home Fires Campaign!
- Do you have a plan?
- Do you practice that plan?
- Have you checked your smoke detectors?
- Do you have a smoke detector on every level of your home?
Some simple tips that could save your life!
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Posted on January 16, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
Please watch this news story courtesy of Fox 6 in Milwaukee and then take the actions steps!
Click on link below:
People can take several steps to protect themselves and their loved ones and increase their chances of surviving a fire.
- Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day.
- Include two ways to get out of every room and consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.
- Pick a place outside for everyone to meet and make sure everyone knows where it is.
- Practice that home fire drill until everyone in the household can do it in less than two minutes.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.
More than forty percent (42 percent) of Americans feel confident they can escape their burning home in two minutes. Most parents (69 percent) believe their children would know what to do or how to escape with little help.
- The problem with these assumptions is that less than half of parents (48 percent) with children ages 3-17 have talked to their families about fire safety.
- Only a third (30 percent) of families with children have identified a safe place to meet outside the home.
- Less than one in five families with children (18 percent) have actually practiced home fire drills.
Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Just in the past month, three lives have been lost in Wisconsin alone. For more information, please visit redcross.org/firesafety
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Posted on January 13, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with the Sleeves Up virtual blood drive.
SleevesUp is a first-of-its-kind website that lets you create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation – no matter where they are located across the country.
Creating a SleevesUp campaign is a simple four-step process:
- Create an account at org/SleevesUp or log in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account.
- Personalize the campaign with video, pictures or your personal story.
- Set a goal and timeframe for the campaign.
- Invite others to join the campaign via email or social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. The winter months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can prevent some donors from making or keeping appointments to give.
Blood donors with all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are needed to ensure blood is available for patients. If you haven’t made a donation appointment yet for 2015, do it now at redcrossblood.org. Then, check out SleevesUp and invite others to join you making a lifesaving donation.
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Posted on January 8, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
Vote for Aaron!
Vote for the NFL’s top air and ground performers!
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Posted on January 7, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
- Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
- Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
- Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
- Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
- The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
- Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
- Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety.
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